Roseville PD says goodbye to Major

Officer John Jorgenson and Major. (submitted photos)

Major and his partner, Officer John Jorgensen, were able to spend plenty of time together while Major recovered at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center.

Former Roseville Police K9 Major, who survived a gruesome stabbing on Nov. 12, 2010, was euthanized Tuesday, April 30, at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center.

“His quality of life was declining greatly,” Roseville Police Chief Rick Mathwig said, adding Major’s physical decline was due directly to the injuries he suffered in 2010.

“John made a very tough decision,” Mathwig said.

It was a sad end for the 11-year-old German shepherd who suffered his injuries while he and his partner, Officer John Jorgensen, responded to a burglary call in Maplewood.

In the days immediately following the attack it wasn’t clear if Major would survive his injuries. Ultimately, Major lost the use of his back legs and adapted well to a wheeled cart that attached to his back legs. People across the world followed the brave dog’s story and many also contributed donations to help cover the cost of his medical care.

Major lived out the remainder of his life with Jorgensen and his family.

Though everyone hoped Major might be able to live longer than he ultimately did, Mathwig noted his department was grateful for the more than two extra years they did get.

Every time we saw him his eyes were bright and he was energetic,” Mathwig said. “He overcame it  as well as a dog could.”

- George Fairbanks

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