Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Mt. Juliet Police Department’s K9 Majlo (“My-low”) was recently diagnosed with a potentially career-ending injury, and the department is obtaining advanced care at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center to ensure his quality of life. Recently, Majlo’s partner, Officer Chris Barth, noticed that Majlo raised his rear right leg as if he was in pain. Once the possible injury was noticed, Majlo was transported to his local veterinarian to conduct an in-depth review. The veterinarian team revealed an internal tendon injury to the right hind leg. That original injury likely led to an internal tendon injury to his left hind leg as well.
“As you can imagine, we are all devasted about Majlo’s impacting injury. Ultimately, we want to ensure Majlo’s quality of life prevails. At the recommendation of his vet care team, we are seeking further advanced care from the University of Knoxville, who has an extensive history of treating working animals,” stated Chief James Hambrick. “Officer Barth and K9 Majlo have been such an awesome asset to the Mt. Juliet community, and their history of successful outcomes is a testament to their wonderful work. They both have contributed so much, and we will pray for the best possible outcome.”
It is unclear what event or moment caused Majlo’s original injury as an injury on a dog can remain unknown for some time. Since Majlo joined the department in 2017, Majlo’s capabilities and work history have been very athletic. He has forcefully apprehended actively resisting, dangerous criminals, tracked suspects through rugged terrain, tracked missing persons, and detected illegal narcotics. If all goes well at UT Knoxville and only if, Majlo can maintain his quality of life, Majlo’s career could be saved. He would continue in a non-athletic role for narcotics detection.
The department will keep the community updated on Majlo’s medical journey. In addition, the department is most appreciative of Majlo’s local veterinarian, Dr. Nicole Harris at Avenue Animal Hospital, who has and continues to be so gracious and caring of Majlo.
Previous stories about Majlo can be found here: https://mjpdnews.org/?s=majlo .