K-9 Amigo hospitalized following hiker rescue

Kingman Police officer Adam Simonsen is shown with K-9 Amigo. The dog is currently at a veterinary clinic in Las Vegas after suffering severe heat exhaustion while searching for injured hiker Wednesday.

Photo by JC Amberlyn.

Kingman Police officer Adam Simonsen is shown with K-9 Amigo. The dog is currently at a veterinary clinic in Las Vegas after suffering severe heat exhaustion while searching for injured hiker Wednesday.

UPDATE: According to KPD spokeswoman Jennifer Sochocki, Amigo began showing signs of improvement Friday. He remains in the care of veterinarians in Las Vegas.

KINGMAN – Two stranded hikers were rescued Wednesday in the mountains near White Cliffs, but Kingman Police Department’s K-9 Amigo was not so fortunate.

Amigo suffered significant heat exhaustion and was immediately transported to a local veterinary clinic before being transported at 10:30 p.m. to Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care in Las Vegas, the KPD reported.

Amigo’s handler, Officer Adam Simonsen, traveled to Las Vegas with Amigo and was up all night Wednesday, according to KPD spokeswoman Jennifer Sochocki.

The initial call was received by KPD around 1 p.m. A woman, 20, suffered a foot and hand injury, and while in the process of summoning assistance, her male companion, 18, also suffered a medical condition.

A contingency of officers and the K-9 unit began a search of the area with the assistance of Arizona Department of Transportation personnel and a helicopter.

Both hikers were located on the mountain top behind Palo Christi Elementary School, and the helicopter transported the pair, both Kingman residents, to Kingman Regional Medical Center for medical evaluation.

As of Thursday, there was no change in Amigo’s condition, according to a KPD spokeswoman.

The KPD said it appreciates the outpouring of support from the community toward Amigo.

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