K9 officer struck by lightning now recovering at home, say Dyersburg police

Published: Jul. 21, 2023 at 3:14 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 21, 2023 at 10:33 PM CDT
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DYERSBURG, Tenn. (WMC) - On Friday, the Dyersburg Police Department provided an update on K9 officer “Rex,” who they say is now recovering at home after he was struck by lightning during Tuesday’s severe storm.

Police say Rex was struck while he was off-duty in his kennel.

Officer Brandon Haynes, Rex’s handler, immediately sprang into action after seeing his fellow K9 officer in distress.

Officer Brandon Haynes and K9 Rex
Officer Brandon Haynes and K9 Rex(Dyersburg Police Department)

Rex was rushed to the Animal Care Clinic in Dyersburg, Tennessee, where he received “wonderful care by the team.”

Rex will remain off-duty as he continues to recover.

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