The Live Oak missing K9 officer was reunited with his partner last week, but the road to recovery is just beginning.
“He has a broken left leg, minor cuts under both arms, and it looks raw on his top lip," Live Oak Police Officer David Wall said. "Other than that he was just dehydrated severely and was down 15 pounds from his last visit.”
Warrant serves as a K9 officer for the Live Oak Police Department. The Dutch Shepherd broke out of his kennel January 14th.
The K9 underwent surgery Monday. He is expected to make a full recovery, and could return to the police force in just four months.
“Kitty Hawk veterinary hospital takes very good care of us and our working dogs. They give us a huge discount," said Wall. They’re open for us any time.”
Meanwhile, the department says they are working to prevent problems like this from happening again.
"We are in the process of purchasing some GPScollars for the dogs. The community has been very supportive – we’ve already received donations for that purpose. Without asking, people are coming in just making donations," said Frank Lara, the department's training coordinator.
With a resolution in the works - police are working to answer one last question: where was Warrant for the thirteen days he was missing?
Some of his injuries raise a red flag, Officer Wall said.
"If it’s a fence, or wood, or siding of a garage, he’ll chew on it until he gets out," he said. "I think that’s what caused his lips, like he was trying to get out of somewhere, but that’s speculation we don’t know."