Hospital releases K-9 allegedly injured by shooting suspect

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Trooper David Cardenas kneels beside an injured K-9 Bolt. (Michigan State Police)

REYNOLDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) –- A police K-9 that was seriously injured while tracking suspects in a Montcalm County shooting is out of the hospital.

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Trooper David Cardenas listens about K-9 Bolt’s condition. (Michigan State Police)

Michigan State Police K-9 Bolt was released from the Michigan State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Tuesday and is doing well, according to MSP.

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K-9 Bolt rests with an Elizabeth collar wrapped around his neck after being injured on duty. (Michigan State Police)

Photos released by troopers show K-9 Bolt in an Elizabethan collar with gauze wrapped around his body. He will continue his recovery at home with his handler, Trooper Cardenas.

K-9 Bolt was tracking 33-year-old Jose Perez of Grand Rapids and 29-year-old Victoria Groth of Grand Rapids in connection to a drive-by shooting in Montcalm County’s Reynolds Township early Sunday morning.

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Left: A 2014 mug shot of Jose Perez from the Michigan Department of Corrections. Right: A 2015 mug shot of Victoria Groth from the Kent County Correctional Facility.

Troopers said following a police chase, the suspects took off and K-9 Bolt pursued them. MSP said troopers used a Taser on Perez when he tried to stab K-9 Bolt with a pocket knife. The police dog suffered a small cut, according to authorities.

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Trooper David Cardenas kneels beside K-9 Bolt. (Michigan State Police)

Perez was charged Monday with serious injury to a police animal, being a felon in possession of a weapon, being a felon in possession of ammunition, carrying a concealed weapon, felonious assault, fourth-degree fleeing and eluding, resisting and obstructing, and felony firearm.

Groth is charged with two counts of resisting and obstructing. She was on probation in Kent County at the time of the alleged crime.

MSP say it will be a couple of weeks before K-9 Bolt will be ready for duty.