DAVIS (CBS13) — A San Joaquin County K-9 who nearly died in 2014 after being stabbed by a suspect, was being saved yet again, this time by the veterinary team at UC Davis.

This past March, seven-year-old K-9 Haakon was taken to the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Hospital for a ruptured bladder.

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Haakon and his handler, Deputy Joshua Stillman, share an unbreakable bond. So when Haakon started to get a little sluggish one night after work, Stillman knew something was wrong.

“We came up to UC Davis and found that he had a broken uterine tub, basically leaking urine into his body cavity and it was toxic,” Stillman said.

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The German Shepherd was rushed into surgery where veterinarians removed a large portion of his bladder, performing a procedure known as a gastropexy. Veterinarians said surgery revealed that a portion of his bladder was dead.

“German Shepherds and some other large breed dogs are prone to developing a condition where their stomach fills with fluid and air and rotates on itself,” said Dr. Ingrid Balsa with the UC Davis Veterinary Hospital. “So having a gastropexy can prevent that twisting of the stomach.

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This wasn’t Haakon’s first brush with death. In 2014 he was stabbed while trying to apprehend a suspect on New Year’s Eve.

“The suspect had a knife and he had cut (Haakon’s) neck, and we pulled him out and took him to a vet hospital in Stockton and they saved him,” Stillman said.

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The lifesaving work of the UC Davis doctors was recognized at a special ceremony where the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office presented the vets with a plaque and a donation check.

Now that Haakon has fully recovered from his surgery, the unbreakable K-9 is back doing what he does best at work, catching bad guys and keeping the citizens of San Joaquin safe.

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Stillman says Haakon is inching toward retirement. In the next couple of years, Stillman is hoping to have Haakon home with the whole Stillman family full time.

Adrienne Moore