Winchester K9 Officer Recovering Following Injury


A K-9 officer with the Winchester Police Department is recovering after breaking a leg while chasing down two suspects.

Kota and His Handler

Winchester, VA -- A K-9 officer with the Winchester Police Department is recovering after breaking his leg while chasing down two suspects.

The Winchester P.D. says the dog, Kota, broke his leg when he fell through the floor of an attic while tracking the two men Friday.

Fortunately, Tuesday's surgery to repair that leg went well, and he's back on his feet again, which is something Kota's handler, Corporal Brittney Kotynski-Neer, said she's happy to see, "To actually work with an animal and have to trust that animal in situations that most people don't have to, or to know that that animal literally thinks of you as the pack member, and is going to do whatever they need to to protect you, it's an incredible feeling."

Nineteen-year-old Mitchell Statler Brown and 35-year-old Robert Stanley Crosen, III are both are charged with burglary.

Kota's handler said this is his first accident in five years of service


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