Boise Police K-9 Jardo expected to make full recovery after losing lung to gunshot

Posted at 6:38 PM, Nov 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-15 20:38:50-05

Jardo, the Boise Police K-9 shot by a wanted gunman on the Boise Bench Friday, is expected to make a full recovery after several weeks of limited exercise.

Jardo was rushed to West Vet in Garden City immediately following the shooting Friday afternoon and underwent emergency surgery.

"He walked in, tail wagging, looking around and ready for action still, and to see him externally and see what he had in surgery was pretty amazing," West Vet surgeon Katy Campbell said.

Jardo had a bullet lodged in his neck after being shot in the chest. During a two hour surgery, doctors removed Jardo's left lung but doctors say it could've been much worse. The K-9 officer was also grazed by a bullet on his hind leg.

"Seeing Jardo in the position that he's in today compared to Friday, it's amazing that he's able to actually get around the way he is," BPD K-9 unit supervisor Sgt. Kirk Rush said.

In a week or two, officers hope Jardo can return to light duty fulfilling his role as a drug sniffer and in a few months he should be ready to hit the streets in full force.