Trumbull police dog recovering after emergency surgery, PD says

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Bane, a 3-year-old German Shepherd, has worked full-time with his handler Officer Greg Lee for several years at the Trumbull, Conn., police station. Police said Bane helps in search and rescue of missing people, hunts for suspects who have committed crimes and detects narcotics.

Bane, a 3-year-old German Shepherd, has worked full-time with his handler Officer Greg Lee for several years at the Trumbull, Conn., police station. Police said Bane helps in search and rescue of missing people, hunts for suspects who have committed crimes and detects narcotics.

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TRUMBULL — The town’s police force is turning to the public for help after its four-legged officer required emergency surgery last week.

K9 Bane was rushed to a veterinary hospital for an emergency intestinal surgery on Friday, police said.

The 3-year-old German Shepherd has worked full time with his handler Officer Greg Lee for several years. Police said Bane helps in search and rescue of missing people, hunts for suspects who have committed crimes and detects narcotics.

The Police Department announced Bane’s surgery on Tuesday, adding that it was successful and he had since returned home with Lee to recover.

Bane had inflamed intestines in two spots, causing his intestines to stop working. The veterinarian is also worried about fluid in Bane’s abdomen, “which would prove fatal if not treated immediately,” according to Trumbull Police Lt. Brian Weir.

Police said Bane is expected to make a full recovery and is expected to be able to return to full duty at the department.

The unexpected surgical expense required the department to deplete a funding account to cover some of Bane’s medical expenses. Weir said the cost exceeds several thousand dollars more than what is in the existing K9 fund, which was started in 2016.

Anyone who wants to make a donation to help with the expenses can send a check to the police station at 158 Edison Road in Trumbull with “attn: chief’s office” on the envelope. Police said check donations should include a memo stating the donation is for Bane.

Donations can also be dropped off to Trumbull Police Headquarters at 158 Edison Road. Weir said the town is in the process of setting up a system where residents can donate on the town’s website, but that was not in place as of Wednesday evening.