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Investigation Launched After Woodruff Co. K9 Officer Shot

A drug-sniffing dog that works for the Woodruff County Sheriff's Office was shot multiple times near the home of the dog's handler in Patterson.
He's just like a fellow law enforcement officer... it affects you.
WOODRUFF COUNTY, AR -- A drug-sniffing dog that works for the Woodruff County Sheriff's Office was shot multiple times near the home of the dog's handler in Patterson around 10:45 Friday night.

Scar and his handler, a Woodruff County deputy, had returned to their home after a long day on the job.

"[The deputy] had his dog out of the pen and was prepping him to feed him," said chief deputy Joe Akins. "He heard three to four gunshots in the area... Once he went to the direction of the gunshots, he encountered his canine Scar that had been shot and was bleeding profusely."

Scar was rushed to an animal hospital where vets gave him a 50 percent chance of surviving.  

"He's just like a fellow law enforcement officer... it affects you," Akins said.

Over the weekend, Scar pulled through.
   
Despite having over 20 steel pellets from a shotgun blast lodged in his body, Scar is now home with his handler while investigators work to find the person who shot him.

"We have people of interest that may be involved in this," Akins said.  "At this time we don't know if it was accidental or if it was intentional."

So far, no arrests have been made, but Akins says he expects that to change soon.

Scar won't be out doing his job sniffing for drugs for at least a month, but he's already showing signs that he hasn't lost a step.
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