Police to give one-year update on K-9 Pyro

It's been over one year since Green Bay K-9 Pyro was stabbed and nearly killed.
Published: Jul. 30, 2020 at 6:04 AM CDT
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - It's been over one year since Green Bay K-9 Pyro was stabbed and nearly killed. On Thursday, Green Bay Police will give an update on Pyro's health and announce a big gift presentation for K-9 handlers.

A news conference is scheduled for Thursday afternoon. Police will talk about Pyro's medical condition and how community donations have been used.

A "major gift presentation" to the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Canine Handlers Association is also planned.

Following the news conference, Pyro and Officer Scott Salzmann will visit Seymour Park at 4 p.m. and Navarino Park at 4:30 p.m.

Officer Salzmann and K9 Pyro will be visiting Seymour Park at 4pm and Navarino Park at 4:30pm on Thursday, July 30th after the news connference. Masks and social distancing between groups is encouraged.

Posted by Green Bay Police Department on Tuesday, July 28, 2020

On April 7, 2019, Pyro was stabbed multiple times during a weapons call in the 1300 block of Western Ave.

Police say suspect Sai Vang did not comply with orders to surrender. K-9 Pyro was deployed and jumped on Vang. Vang removed a "large boning-style knife" from his waistband and stabbed Pyro, according to the criminal complaint.

"I watched as Sai started violently swing the knife upward, in a stabbing motion, at K-9 Pyro," reads one officer's story detailed in the criminal complaint.

One officer described the blade on Sai's knife to be about five inches long. There was blood at the three-inch mark.

Police used a taser on Vang, who dropped the knife. Pyro was found bleeding on a nearby sidewalk.

Pyro was taken to the Fox Valley Animal Referral Center where he had multiple surgeries and received blood and plasma transfusions. Doctors made a hole in his windpipe and inserted a tube to allow Pyro to breathe.

Green Bay Police Chief Andrew Smith says Pyro’s actions likely prevented an officer-involved shooting.

Pyro made a full recovery. He returned to active duty on May 23, 2019.

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