SAN MATEO (KPIX 5) — The people who brought you Star Wars now present the world’s most lifelike fake dog.
Former model makers from Industrial Light and Magic have designed Hero, a Belgian Malinois model. Hero is a good doggy, but with constant problems. He bleeds out of a wound on his back leg. He needs CPR. He needs to be intubated.READ MORE: Wild Fan Celebration Erupts Following San Francisco 49ers Last-Second Playoff Win
K-9 handlers practiced in San Mateo Thursday how to perform medical procedures on Hero without needing to bother a real dog. The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office hosted the training session offered by the non-profit Police and Working K-9 Foundation.READ MORE: San Francisco 49ers Special Teams Spark 13-10 Upset Of Green Bay Packers To Advance To NFC Championship Game
Dozens of law enforcement handlers from Northern California came to San Mateo to practice on hero Thursday.
In the past, the Police and Working K-9 Foundation has provided bulletproof vests for hundreds of K-9s, distributed trauma kits and heat sensors for working dogs, and helped retired K-9s with emergency veterinary care, according to the group’s website.MORE NEWS: UPDATE: Wind-Whipped Wildfire Near Big Sur Forces Evacuations; 'Some Pretty Surreal Fire Behavior'