BOISE - One Boise police officer remains in critical condition after being shot on Friday by a suspect. Another officer and police K-9 were also shot, but are at home now recovering.
The dog, named Jardo, came into WestVet Emergency and Specialty Center with at least one gunshot wound to his chest. He had lost a lot of blood. Thankfully, there were two dogs able to step in to help.
Nichole Zacharias is a technician at WestVet. She says a blood donation can mean the difference between life and death.
"Every time you have a gunshot wound you have massive blood loss. When I knew Jardo was going to need some help I offered Myles right away because he's always here."
Myles is her 6-year-old golden retriever.
"There's something about him," said Zacharias. "He's unique and special."
Myles, along with a pitbull named Cricket, donated almost a liter of blood to help Jardo stabilize.
"Blood pressure issues, their heart rates come down and the patient gets visibly more stable," explained Zacharias.
Myles has donated blood to five different dogs and they have all survived. Jardo is back home with his handler one day after major surgery.
"I don't know if he knows how many wonderful things he's been able to do over the years," said Zacharias.
Although he may be unaware, Zacharias believes Myles' job in life is to help others.
"I think he knows what a good boy he is," said Zacharias.
For a dog to be a blood donor several criteria have to be met, including annual screenings and blood draws.
All of the blood donors at WestVet are employee animals.
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