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Injured Wake Forest K-9 back on the job

Posted July 29, 2011

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— A Wake Forest police canine that was injured in March while pursuing a probation absconder is back on the job, officials said Friday.

Marcus Antwan Richardson fled from officers trying to serve him with outstanding warrants on March 24. A K-9 handler released his dog, Maverick, to search for Richardson, and another officer coming to help struck the dog with his patrol car.

Maverick's handler, Wake Forrest Officer D. Hess was just a few feet away and said he didn't think the 9-year-old Belgian Malinois would make it. Maverick underwent emergency surgery.

After extensive rehabilitation with a canine orthopedic specialist, Maverick was back on the job on Thursday, police said. He is scheduled to retire in October. 

Maverick has been a member of the Wake Forest Police Department since 2004. In 2009, Maverick helped in seizing more than $21,000 dollars in drug money on a traffic stop.


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  • quaten Jul 29, 2011

    Now that's an example of tax dollars well spent. Welcome back Maverick! Happy trails from here on out.

  • imnotsayinimjustsayin Jul 29, 2011

    We're glad you're back buddy!! Keep up the hard work!

  • kyliesunday Jul 29, 2011

    Yay, Maverick! Thanks for your bravery and dedication. You are a true officer. ;)

  • Desiderata Jul 29, 2011

    Welcome back to work Maverick! Glad your rehab was successful and best wishes ( and lots of doggie treats) when you finally are able to retire! What a blessed dog and family!

  • leecountymama Jul 29, 2011

    Hugs and kisses to Maverick!! That's awesome news!!! =)

  • Southern Girl Jul 29, 2011

    That is wonderful news. Hearing of any animal being injured is sad - especially when one is in he line of duty!! Hope he is truly ok and healed.

  • IBleedRedandWhite Jul 29, 2011

    Awesome story! Glad to hear he was able to be saved and back on the job!

    @wdprice3, I am sure his vet bills were not even close to what it would have been if a human was hit and had to go on disability plus medical costs.

  • HereswhatIthink Jul 29, 2011

    Yay! So glad he is going to be okay and back on the job. Hope he has a nice retirement and just gets to be a well loved dog!

  • wdprice3 Jul 29, 2011

    I hope that $21k seized was used to pay for the dog's vet bills.

  • carolinagal78 Jul 29, 2011

    Thanks for the update. Great heartwarming story. Welcome back Maverick and best wishes!