Injured police dog Gwinnett released from animal hospital

Through tears, Carlyle declared that Kai was a hero to him.

“He took tours that were meant for us. And he never wavered from his work. And we went home that night to our families,” Carlyle said.

It will take time to see if Kai will return to his duties as a police officer, Carlyle said.

“We are going to do physiotherapy and see where we can take him in three or four months. And hopefully that’s the scenario for us,” Carlyle said.

The incident was the 52nd officer involved in the GBI shooting investigated in 2022.

In 2020, Gwinnett’s police dog, K-9 Blue, was killed in a shooting behind a Gwinnett County motel.

June 14, 2022 Buford – Cpl. Aaron Carlyle pets K-9 Kai, who was shot multiple times in aggravated domestic incidents, after being released from North Georgia Veterinary Specialists in Buford on Tuesday, June 14, 2022. Kai is a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois who plays a dual role as patrol and narcotics. The dog has worked with Gwinnett Police for less than a year. (Hyosub Shin / [email protected])

Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

June 14, 2022 Buford – Cpl. Aaron Carlyle pets K-9 Kai, who was shot multiple times in aggravated domestic incidents, after being released from North Georgia Veterinary Specialists in Buford on Tuesday, June 14, 2022. Kai is a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois who plays a dual role as patrol and narcotics. The dog has worked with Gwinnett Police for less than a year. (Hyosub Shin / [email protected])

Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

Benjamin M. Yerger