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OSP Drug Dog Recovering After Being Struck by Car south of Bend
11/21/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Lola photograph link valid for 30 days - Source: Oregon State Police
http://www.flashnews.net/images/news/Lola.5.JPG
 
An Oregon State Police (OSP) drug detection canine is improving after being seriously injured Thursday afternoon when the dog was struck by a vehicle on Highway 97 about fourteen miles south of Bend.
 
On November 20, 2008, Lola, a 2-year old female yellow Labrador, was accompanying her handler, Senior Trooper Jason Hansen, on patrol at approximately 5:00 p.m. when they pulled onto a forest service road about 100 yards off Highway 97 near milepost 147 for a break. After Lola was let out of the vehicle, she started running east into the woods and her handler lost sight of her.
 
After searching for about 20 minutes, Senior Trooper Hansen requested additional help to find Lola through the OSP Northern Command Center dispatch. At that time he was notified Deschutes County Sheriff's Office was responding to a report of a dog struck on Highway 97 in the area.
 
Senior Trooper Hansen responded to the scene where he found Lola injured after she was struck in the northbound lanes of Highway 97 by a 2007 Subaru Outback. The car's driver, a 47-year old Bend man, provided Lola with initial help until officers arrived.
 
Senior Trooper Hansen transported Lola to a Bend area veterinary clinic for treatment. An initial medical examination revealed Lola suffered a collapsed lung, internal injuries and contusions. This morning's update indicates Lola is improving and stable. She is remaining at the veterinary clinic for more observation and medical assessment.
 
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office investigated the highway incident.
 
Lola has been teamed with Senior Trooper Hansen since early 2008 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.
 
A news release with a photograph of Lola is available on the Oregon State Police web site at http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/NEWSRL/news/03_06_2008_lola.shtml.
 
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.