ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – An Arapahoe County Sheriff’s K9 officer is nearly on the road to recovery. The sheriff’s office shared a heartbreaking plea for K9 Roman on May 7 as he had surgery for a twisted small intestine and colon.

(credit: Arapahoe County)

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On May 10, the sheriff’s office says Roman is walking and eating, but the next 24 hours will be critical.

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“This K-9 is a hero several times over — a SWAT dog that apprehended an armed murder suspect the night before last. Please continue to pray for Roman and his handler, Deputy Zimmerman,” stated the sheriff’s office.

(credit: Arapahoe County)

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They thanked the public for their support and prayers.

Danielle Chavira