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Pittsburgh police dog Rocco shows improvement after stabbing

A Pittsburgh police dog stabbed earlier this week is resting and showing signs of improvement this morning, a police spokeswoman said.Rocco, an 8-year-old German Shepard, remains in critical condition but is stable and his blood count is improving, spokeswoman Diane Richard said in a press release.The dog was injured Tuesday night while helping Pittsburgh police capture a fugitive, 21-year-old John Rush of Stowe, who police said was found lurking in the basement of a building in the 3700 block of Butler Street in Lawrenceville.

Police said Mr. Rush — also accused of resisting Allegheny County sheriff’s deputies’ attempts to arrest him earlier that night on numerous warrants — swung “wildly” at officers with a pocket knife and stabbed the dog and an officer, and injured two others officers in the scuffle.Rocco had two surgeries and multiple blood transfusions Wednesday.

Read more: Pittsburgh police dog Rocco shows improvement after stabbing – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.