CHP K-9 Sam recovering after being stabbed during arrest – Press-Enterprise


California Highway Patrol K-9 Sam was recovering — and showing a healthy appetite — on Tuesday, March 30, a day after being stabbed while helping authorities apprehend a man wanted in a kidnapping investigation.

Sam, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, had surgery Monday at Inland Valley Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center in Upland, said Officer Ramon Duran, a spokesman for the CHP Inland Division. But Sam, a two-year veteran of the force, was back eating on Tuesday after waking up from being sedated, Duran said.

The incident began just before noon Monday near the intersection of Caliente Road and Oak Hills Road in Hesperia when San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies attempted to pull over a car being driven by the wanted man, William Shae McKay, 52, of Rancho Cucamonga.

But McKay sped off in a GMC Sierra, a sheriff’s news release said. The pursuit led deputies south on the 15 Freeway until McKay exited at Highway 138 in the Cajon Pass and headed north. CHP officers were waiting with a spike strip and were able to disable the car.

McKay and passenger Abrianna Valerie Gonzalez, 24, of San Bernardino, ran from the car, the release said.

“Sam heroically sprung into action and tracked down one of the suspects,” the CHP said in a Facebook post.

Gonzalez stabbed the dog before being arrested, the release said. McKay was also arrested.

A sheriff’s helicopter flew Sam to San Antonio Regional Hospital before he was taken to the vet.

Gonzalez was booked on suspicion of kidnapping and cruelty to an animal. Booking information was not available for McKay on Tuesday.

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