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Georgia Cop and His K-9 Partner Reunite After On-Duty Accident

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File photo of a German shepherd police dog going through rehabilitation. (credit: JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a German shepherd police dog going through rehabilitation. (credit: JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)

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ATHENS, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) — A Georgia police officer and his K-9 partner reunite after being involved in a scary car accident earlier this month.

Clayton County Police Officer Travis Fox took the trip to the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia where Lakota, a German shepherd, is recovering.

Fox suffered several rib fractures and multiple cuts to the face after losing control of his patrol cruiser and hitting both a fence and a tree on Oct. 3, WSB-TV reports.

Officer Eddie Soto, also of the Clayton County Police, said that the accident happened around 3 a.m.

“They were apparently responding to a home invasion call,” he told CBS Atlanta.

Kat Gilmore, public relations director of the college, said Lakota has been there since last Tuesday.

“He did come in with multiple fractures, and had surgery last Friday to repair those,” she told CBS Atlanta, adding that her understanding from doctors working on Lakota was that he suffered two hind leg fractures, as well as a front leg fracture and some internal bleeding. “He’s recovering very well.”

Soto said that the injuries sustained by Lakota — a tracker dog on the squad’s K-9 unit — will likely retire the German shepherd from the force. However, he also noted that Lakota will likely become a member of the Fox family.

“To my knowledge, (Fox) is the one that gets first priority of keeping the dog … because they’ve been together so long, he becomes like a pet,” he said. “It makes it easier on both the handler, and the dog.”

The Fox family is delighted to welcome Lakota to the fold.

“It’s just a relief they can still be together. He’s a very important person in our family and a very important person in my husband’s life,” wife Corey Fox told WSB-TV.

Gilmore also noted Lakota’s pleasant demeanor, both through personal experience and firsthand accounts.

“He’s well trained, beautiful, and obviously has a very good disposition,” she said. “And it is my understanding through staff and faculty that have worked with him that he’s been through a lot and is an absolutely delightful patient.”

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