K-9 Riggs injured during training

Update 10/27 at 10:30 a.m.

K-9 Riggs is out of surgery and in recovery. Vital nerves and muscles escaped injury and the veterinarian was able to reconstruct and close the wound. K-9 Riggs’ handler, Corporal Sean O’Connor, expects to be able to bring Riggs home either tonight or tomorrow. He is projected to heal completely over the next four weeks and will likely not need therapy.

At approximately 9:00 pm on October 26, 2018, Winchester Police K-9, Riggs, suffered a laceration to the chest while he and his handler Corporal O’Connor were conducting routine training. Corporal O’Connor immediately provided Riggs with first aid care until personnel from Winchester Fire and Rescue arrived on scene. Riggs was transported to Valley Veterinary Emergency Care where he was stabilized. At approximately 11:00 pm, Riggs was transported to Leesburg Veterinary Hospital and underwent surgery this morning. At the time of this news release, the prognosis on K-9 Riggs is positive, and he is expected to make a full recovery.

The Winchester Police Department would like to recognize all those who provided exceptional care to K-9 Riggs: Corporal O’Connor and the personnel from Winchester Fire and Rescue Department, Valley Veterinary Care, and Life Centre of Leesburg Veterinary Hospital. Also, we appreciate the community for its support and concern for K-9 Riggs and will provide updates as they are available.

Officer Riggs