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Petaluma police dog recovering after surgery

  • Petaluma officer Mike Page works with his K-9 Rico during the 6th Annual Sonoma County Law Enforcement K-9 Trials held at Windsor High School, June 16, 2012. Officers and their K-9's demonstrated obedience, agility, searches and protection during the event.

Rico, the Petaluma Police dog seriously injured in training this week, was recovering Friday after surgery to treat a broken bone in his neck.

The 8-year-old Belgian Malinois suffered a spinal injury and other internal damage when he fell off a second-story ledge during training Monday night.

"The surgery went well. He's wagging his tail, alert, moving his legs," police Lt. Tim Lyons said Friday. "For the long-term prognosis, we'll still have to wait and see how he progresses, but he's moving through it."

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