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Updates on Ed (AKA Edge)

UPDATES ON ED (AKA EDGE)
New Zealand Police National News Release
11:27am 8 June 2006
http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release.html?id=2451

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Following the stabbing of Police Dog Ed (also known as Edge), the following postings provide an update on his condition and that of his handler Constable Dave Whyte.

New Zealand Police are very grateful to all the messages of support from the public extended to Ed and Constable Whyte.

These postings are based on internal Police emails as to progress.

8 June 2006 9.20am

Dog is alert and standing but has required a second blood transfusion due to some minor internal bleeding. Blood from a Greyhound called 'Happy' was used and Edge came through it well. Although still not out of danger, staff at Massey University are cautiously optimistic. The dog will still require intensive care for a couple of days.

The handler has managed a few hours sleep but has been by his dog's side for the majority of the time and has been assisting the University's staff in tending to the dog.

It is not known when the dog will be well enough to return to Hawke's Bay.

6 June 2006 7.54pm

Ed has just undergone four hours of surgery. The injuries were more significant than first thought, with his diaphragm being punctured, a nick to his liver, and muscle damage to his chest wall. He has undergone a blood transfusion and his blood pressure is good. At this time the surgeon is guardedly confident.

6 June 2006 1.44pm

Edge has been flown to Massey Veterinary Hospital. The local vets have done a great job in stabilising Edge. He was stabbed twice. He has a puncture to the lung from a large hunting knife which it is believed was fully stabbed into the dog. His condition is currently stable but there are concerns that the diaphragm has been punctured.

6 June 2006 10.09am

Dave Whyte's dog Edge (H/Bay Dog Section), was stabbed this morning while apprehending a person in a rural location. He has been flown to the vet in Havelock North in the last half an hour. Details of injuries are unknown.


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