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Virginia prison officer stabbed during disturbance

An officer who's been serving for more than 20 years and a K9 are both expected to live after being stabbed Saturday evening.
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RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia corrections officials said that a prison officer and a K9 were attacked and suffered serious stab wounds during a disturbance at a prison. 

The Virginia Department of Corrections said that the attack happened on Saturday, Jan. 9 around 6 p.m. at Sussex I State Prison southeast of Richmond in the Waverly area.  

The male officer, who has more than 20 years of service with the department, had six non-life-threatening wounds to the hand, arm and body. 

The officer was treated and released at a local hospital. 

A K9 officer came for backup and her K9 was stabbed and required surgery but is expected to live.