Wisconsin police K-9 stabbed in altercation makes strides in recovery

Green Bay Police Department

GREEN BAY, Wis. - A police dog in Green Bay is making strides in his recovery after he was stabbed multiple times during an altercation Sunday night, officials said.

The Green Bay Police Department said Tuesday that K-9 Pyro is able to stand, sit and walk under his own power after undergoing lifesaving surgery to repair knife wounds to his neck.

"His improvement over the past 24 hours was a big first step for him and we have been told his personality is starting to come back," the police department said in a statement.

"While Pyro still has a ways to go, he appears to be responding well to his treatment thus far which is a testament to his toughness and will and to the skill and dedication of his veterinary team at the Animal Referral Center and the many thoughts and prayers he has received from the community. "

Officer Scott Salzmann and his family, along with fellow GBPD K-9 officers, have been taking Pyro out for short walks to help him build up his strength, according to the update.

Police shared a video Tuesday of Pyro on a short walk in a hallway Tuesday morning.

A non-profit group is also collecting donations to help with Pyro's veterinary bills. A Facebook fundraiser is also collecting funds for his care.