Cae­sar’s back on the beat

The Northland Age - - Local News -

Po­lice dog Cae­sar has a few scars to show for his en­counter with an al­leged bur­glar on De­cem­ber 22, but has been de­clared fit to re­turn to work. He and han­dler Con­sta­ble Josh Van Der Kwaak, who suf­fered mi­nor in­juries in the same in­ci­dent, were ros­tered on for duty yes­ter­day.

The 21-month-old dog suf­fered two skull frac­tures in the course of a strug­gle with a man who had al­legedly bro­ken into a a homer at Parua Bay, near Whanga¯rei.

One of the blows struck him in an eye socket, but a CT scan showed no sign of per­ma­nent dam­age to the eye.

Dog and han­dler were put through their paces last week, and both were cleared to re­turn to work, Se­nior Sergeant Bruce McLeod say­ing Cae­sar had un­der­gone rig­or­ous test­ing, in­clud­ing “bite work.”

“We were mak­ing sure the dog was back at 100 per cent, and ev­ery­thing seems fine. The dog has good strong char­ac­ter and is show­ing no ad­verse ef­fects,” he said.

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Cae­sar has been cleared to re­turn to work.

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