Police dog hurt in struggle with suspect

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A Metro Police K-9 is back on the job tonight, just one day after getting injured Saturday in a struggle with a suspect. He will not lose his eye and is expected to fully recover.

Shadow, a four-year-old Dutch Shepherd, suffered an eye injury by Carlton Brown, Jr. after he gouged Shadow's eye.

The police K-9 officer, who is partnered with Officer Mark Rand, was checked out by a veterinarian and released. "They are our lifeline in protecting us from walking into a dangerous situation," Rand told Eyewitness News.

Rand told Eyewitness News that Brown was in the process of being taken into custody when he injured Shadow. Rand said, "Shadow engaged him a third time which caused them to go down a steep hill into a creek."

Brown was apprehended and taken into custody. He has multiple pending charges including dealing and possessing cocaine, battery on a Law Enforcement Animal, possessing marijuana, and resisting Law Enforcement, and possessing a firearm without a license.

Shadow was back on the job Sunday, helping arrest two burglary suspects. "He located two suspects lying on the side of a house, hidden in a bush kind of in an ambush position," Rand said. "While an officer walking without a K-9 might not have known they were there."

It has been a rough year for Indiana K-9's. Two dogs from the Anderson Police department as well as a dog from Terre Haute died in the line of duty.