Mattis the dog stayed "in chase against the suspects," who are now in custody
Mattis couldn’t let the bad guys get away.
The police dog from Alpharetta, Georgia, followed two suspects who attempted to escape police over a 30-foot wall. The pup survived the fall and is expected to recover from his injuries following emergency surgery.
It happened during a police pursuit on Saturday evening, the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety said.
“Suspects bailed out of vehicle. Fled on foot and unknowingly leaped off of a 30 foot wall attempting to escape,” said a Facebook post shared by the department. “Our K9 followed staying in chase against the suspects and also unknowingly went over the wall.”
The post said two people are in custody with “dozens of stolen cell phones, credit cards and I.D.s” and then asked the public to “keep our K9 officer in your prayers.”
Hours later it was revealed that the dog successfully underwent emergency surgery, was stable, and being treated for a lacerated liver, heavy internal bleeding and other issues.
“Thanks in part to your kindness and prayers he is expected to make a full recovery and return to serving his community,” the post said. “He has a long road ahead but he will be fine.”
On Monday, a photo of the smiling dog assured concerned followers that he was going to be okay.
“I am proud of the work done by all involved in the capture of these two suspects because these two suspects have committed a number of crimes in many cities,” Gary D. George, director of Alpharetta Department of Public Safety said in a statement given to PEOPLE. “I am thankful our injured K9 officer will make a full recovery. Police K9 dogs are very special as they provide communities across America dedicated service each and every day.”