Police Dog Opens Gate to Save Partner from Attack

Police dog Lex opened gate with paw to save partner

When a Colorado police dog named Lex saw his partner being brutally attacked on the other side of a fence by the trespassing suspect he was attempting to apprehend, the 3-year-old Belgian Malinois didn’t just sit there and do nothing.

During a foot pursuit of the male suspect in Shaw Heights early on Aug. 6, the deputy had jumped over the fence, leaving Lex behind. So Lex, who’s obviously a very smart as well as very heroic K-9 officer, quickly figured out how to use his paw to open the latch in a gate.

“Then Lex came to the assistance of the deputy and the suspect was apprehended,” the Adams County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.

The injured deputy was taken to a hospital and treated for his injuries. He’s now recovering at home. The suspect was booked into the Adams County Detention Facility.

“Our deputies view canine Lex as a hero for saving the day,” said Adams County Undersheriff Harold Lawson in the statement. “We appreciate everyone in the K-9 Unit and their hard work to keep us safe.”

Lex has been a K-9 officer with the Adams County Sheriff’s Office since February 2015. The hero dog is certified in narcotics and police patrol through the Colorado Police Canine Association and National Police Canine Association.

Nice work, Lex!

Photo: Adams County Sheriff’s Department

Laura Goldman

I am a freelance writer and lifelong dog lover. For five years, I was a staff writer for i Love Dogs. When that site shut down, I started this blog...because I STILL Love Dogs!