Injured police dog returns to duty
20 Jan 2017 09:58 AM[View Full Size]
A brave police dog has returned to work after he injured himself running through a glass door to try and catch a burglar.
Northumbria Police recruit Zeeke was on duty with handler PC Vicky Lott when they were deployed to a report of a burglary at Henderson Hall in Newcastle.
The pair attended the student accommodation site and Zeeke was sent to search the premises and track down the suspects.
However, in his eagerness to catch the thieves he ran straight through a glass fire door and caused deep lacerations to his front left paw.
A further search of the building found the intruders had already made off having stolen some copper boilers from the top floors of the property.
Zeeke attended the vets following the incident on January 7 and was duly stitched up with orders to take a prolonged rest by the fire.
The three-year-old German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois cross obliged but has now had his cast removed and will be back on the streets this week.
PC Lott, of the force's Dog Section, said: "Zeeke has definitely enjoyed his time lounging by the fire but I can tell he is itching to get back on the street.
"When he is not working he would come back home with me anyway and he is very much part of my family which means he has been well looked after.
"He had to get a few stitches to his left paw and he has been limping around a bit gingerly as he has had to have a big cast so he doesn't nibble at the dressing.
"His friend PD Tyne is one of our sniffer dogs and also lives at home with me and I think she has been getting a bit jealous of all the attention Zeeke has been getting.
"They have been back at work together this week so anyone thinking of breaking the law should be extra careful because Zeeke is back!"
The offenders for the incident are still outstanding and police would continue to appeal for any witnesses to the burglary that happened at around 9am on Saturday, January 7.
Anyone who saw people acting suspiciously in the area, or has information that could help police, should call 101 quoting log 248 07/01/17 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.