Quilled in the line of duty: K-9 cop punctured by porcupine in search for suspect

PHOTO: A sheriff dog was punctured by over 200 porcupine quills during a pursuit, Coos County, Ore., April, 20, 2019.PlayCoos County Sheriff's Office
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A sheriff's K-9 was punctured by hundreds of porcupine quills while pursuing a suspect in Oregon over the weekend.

The Coos County Sheriff's Office deployed the dog, named Odin, in the Barview area on Saturday evening to track down a man wanted on several felony charges and who'd fled a deputy on foot.

While on the path, Odin encountered a porcupine and was pierced by more than 200 quills, according to the sheriff's office.

The pursuit was immediately suspended and the dog was rushed to Hanson-Meekins Animal Hospital in Coos Bay, where he was sedated and treated for more than two hours, according to the sheriff's office.

PHOTO: A sheriff dog was punctured by over 200 porcupine quills during a pursuit, Coos County, Ore., April, 20, 2019. Coos County Sheriffs Office
A sheriff dog was punctured by over 200 porcupine quills during a pursuit, Coos County, Ore., April, 20, 2019.

Photos released by the sheriff's office show Odin with the white quills covering his mouth and front paws. Several of the quills went inside the dog's mouth and near his left eye.

"The sheriff's office would like to offer thanks to the staff at Hansen-Meekins for their dedication and professional care, as well as to the public for the outpouring of support for K-9 Odin," the sheriff's office said in a statement Monday.

The suspect, identified as 29-year-old Devin Wilson of Coos Bay, remained at large.