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OSP Drug Dog Struck by Vehicle in November Returns to Duty
Sergeant David Beck
Oregon State Police
Drug Dog Program Coordinator
Office: (541) 776-6114 ext. 243

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An Oregon State Police (OSP) drug detection canine seriously injured in November 2008 after she was struck by a vehicle south of Bend has recovered from her injuries and returned to regular duty this week with her handler.
Lola, a 2 1/2 year old female yellow Labrador, was accompanying her handler on patrol November 20, 2008 when she was struck by a vehicle on Highway 97 about fourteen miles south of Bend. Lola was seriously injured and transported by her handler, an OSP senior trooper, to a Bend area veterinary clinic for treatment.
According to Sergeant David Beck, OSP Drug Dog Program Coordinator, Lola suffered a dislocated hip, collapsed lung, and other injuries. Her hip was surgically repaired and her recovery progressed quicker than expected. Lola and her handler completed a recertification process and returned to regular canine team duty March 18th.
Since early 2008, Lola has been teamed with her handler at the Oregon State Police Bend Area Command office. She is one of 7 OSP drug detection canines strategically placed with specially trained patrol troopers around the state.

Information about the OSP drug detection canine program and photos of all seven dogs is available at http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/PATROL/canine_program.shtml.