OCONOMOWOC, Wis. — K-9 Justice is back on the job and in the community after he wa injured during the highway standoff earlier this month in Waukesha County. Friday night, community members in Oconomow honored the doggie deputy for his brave actions.
K-9 Justice arrived in Oconomowoc to applause, pets, and lots of treats from well-wishers.
"I want to see how he's doing," said Jayden Rauch,10.
A huge crowd of people mobbed his handler Waukesha County Sheriff's Deputy Kurt Thompson and Justice with the same question.
"He is doing very well. He is back to work and acting just like normal," said Thompson.
Justice was stabbed on June 4th as he was sent in to take down a suspect. Court records say Kalin Sunde and Nathan Halfmann lead police on a chase from the Town of Eagle to Waukesha. On the side of the highway, they began an hours-long standoff with officers. Then, when police fired tear gas into the van, Sunde ran into a field, took the underwire out of her bra and stabbed Justice in the head and neck area, refusing to surrender. Thompson said it was hard to see his dog hurt while trying to protect his community.
"It's not a good feeling but like I said you fall back on training and luckily he did everything that was expect of him," said Thompson.
Friday night, community members in Oconomowoc gave Justice and Thompson a medal for their actions.
"He's a pretty heroic dog," said Tim Pulizzano who brought his son to meet Justice.
Thompson says Justice does not seem to have any lasting scars, but is appreciating all the extra pets and love.