Doggy paddle helps Axle the police dog recover from injury
An Auckland police dog is nearly back in fighting fit form after injuring himself in the line of duty.
Axle, an eight-year-old German shepherd, injured a ligament in his hind leg in May while chasing down a runaway criminal.
He underwent surgery and was recovering at home with his handler, a police spokeswoman said at the time.
Axle has since been receiving hydrotherapy, a non-weight bearing form of exercise ideal for rehabilitation. Or, as it is more commonly called, Axle has been doing a spot of doggy paddling.
He still had "a while to go" before he would be back out on the streets, a post on the Auckland City District Police Facebook page said.
"Axle is an extremely effective and efficient police dog, who does a range of different jobs including deploying into a high-end armed offender situations to then being taken to a kindergarten to interact with children as part of our education programme."
Axle was donated to the Auckland Police Dog Section in 2010 and works with senior Constable Tony Feasey.