Coos County K9 gets face-full of porcupine quills during search for suspect

K9 Odin was rushed to the vet following the painful ordeal.

Posted: Apr 22, 2019 2:29 PM
Updated: Apr 22, 2019 2:30 PM

COOS BAY, Ore. — A K9 with the Coos County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) is on the road to recovery after an excruciating encounter with a porcupine in the course of duty, the Sheriff's Office said on Monday.

On Saturday evening just after 6 p.m., a deputy saw a "known wanted subject with several felony warrants" out on Evergreen Lane in the Barview Area. CCSO said that 29-year-old Devin J. Wilson fled from the deputy on foot when contacted.

At that point, the Sheriff's Office called in K9 Odin to help them in tracking Wilson down.

"During a very long active track, Odin encountered a porcupine in the path, and was struck with over 200 quills," CCSO said.

Several of those quills went inside Odin's mouth and two very near to his left eye, the Sheriff's Office said. Giving up on the attempt to track Wilson, deputies rushed Odin to the vet at Hansen-Meekins Animal Hospital where he was put under and treated "for over two hours" — all on the night before Easter.

Now CCSO is asking for the public's help in tracking down Wilson, who it says has "committed new crimes" and still has outstanding warrants.

"Earlier in the day, Odin attended a 'meet the public' event, where he interacted with kids and the public at a local Easter egg hunt," CCSO said.

The Sheriff's Office thanked the veterinary staff and the public for their care and support for Odin.

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