Coos County K-9 Odin attacked by porcupine

Coos County K-9 Odin immediately after porcupine attack, on left. Odin recovering at home, on right. Photos courtesy: Coos County Sheriff's Office

COOS COUNTY, OR (KPTV) - A porcupine perpetrator remains on the loose after attacking a Coos County K-9.

K-9 Odin was on duty trying to track down a wanted human suspect with several felony warrants at around 6 p.m. Saturday.

Devin J. Wilson, 29, of Coos Bay, ran away from a pursuing deputy in the Barview area. Odin was called out to the scene to track the suspect.

During a very long search, Odin encountered a porcupine.

The porcupine appeared to get the better of the exchange, leaving Odin with more than 200 quills stuck around his face. Some went into Odin’s mouth and two were near his left eye.

The search for Wilson was immediately suspended and Odin was rushed to Hanson-Meekins Animal Hospital in Coos Bay. Odin was sedated and treated for more than two hours.

Deputies said Monday that Odin is doing well and recovering at home, but the porcupine “remains at large.”

“The sheriff’s office would like to offer thanks to the staff at Hanson-Meekins for their dedication and professional care, as well as to the public for the outpouring of support for K9 Odin,” according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies are continuing to search for Wilson. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Coos County Sheriff’s Office.

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(2) comments


OMG, That is just like a when a person gets arrested and the cop gets a 'boo boo' when they beat the heck out of the someone.... Gads, now they even have their K-9s pulling this stuff...Porcupines have never attacked a dog... ever!


Hi Rusty, more than likely what happened is the K9 in search for the suspect rushed the porcupine and both animals ran into each other quickly and the " Attack" was not anything vicious from the animal but more a instinctual reaction.I think you have a point the word " Attack" based on what did happen was uncalled for and perhaps better editing is needed to prevent unnecessary hysteria-mongering.Animals are not capable of" Pulling this stuff" Humans are the only ones who do. News commentary is not the place for FB rhetoric and social group trolling,

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