Shot police dog continues recovery

November 25, 2009 9:00:19 AM PST
A police dog that was shot on-duty in Delaware earlier this month continues his recovery.

"Diablo" is on the mend at the University of Pennsylvania after the shooting on November 11th.

On Wednesday, doctors said Diablo is up and walking, eating solid food, off of oxygen support and having his bandages changed daily.

In fact, he was the recipient of a new technique. It uses ultrasound for precise application of a local nerve block, replacing the need for anesthesia during the bandage change, according to surgeon Dr. Elaine Holmes.

This is a positive step for the dog, after he developed pneumonia days after the shooting.

The shooting happened as police responded to a domestic dispute at the Chateau Orleans apartment complex, located near Philadelphia Pike and Shipley Road in Brandywine Hundred, Delaware.

Police say the suspect, Eric Weit, 34, threatened to kill his girlfriend. Diablo was shot as police tried to apprehend him.

Weit was then shot by police. He was flown to Christiana Hospital where he underwent surgery