Press release from the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office/U.S. Forest Service:

On July 21, 2016 at approximately 7 a.m. the Trinity County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center was notified that a K9 had been stabbed and a helicopter was being requested at their location. The Dispatch Center was notified by the Trinity County Sheriff’s Deputy who was working with the U.S. Forest Service in a remote location in Trinity County eradicating marijuana. The K9 who was injured was identified as K9 Ice with the U.S. Forest Service.

A California Highway Patrol helicopter was dispatched to the location where K9 Ice and his handler were located and they were both flown to Redding, Calif. K9 Ice was taken to a Redding area Animal Hospital where he was taken into surgery and treated for a stab wound to his chest and two cuts to his face.

K9 Ice is in stable condition.

The mission of the U.S. Forest Service, part U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.