Helfin K9 expected to return to work after dog attack - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Helfin K9 expected to return to work after dog attack

Addi, the Heflin police K9 that was attacked by pit bulls last week. Source: Heflin PD Addi, the Heflin police K9 that was attacked by pit bulls last week. Source: Heflin PD
Sheila Deneen Roe, the pit bulls' owner, is charged with failing to vaccinate her dogs and unrelated drug charges. Source: Cleburne County Jail Sheila Deneen Roe, the pit bulls' owner, is charged with failing to vaccinate her dogs and unrelated drug charges. Source: Cleburne County Jail
These T-shirts, which were made before Addi was attacked, are being sold to support Addi. Source: Heflin PD These T-shirts, which were made before Addi was attacked, are being sold to support Addi. Source: Heflin PD
HEFLIN, AL (WBRC) -

A Heflin police dog is said to be ready to get back to work, one week after she was attacked by two other dogs in the line of duty.

Addi, a seven-year-old Dutch shepherd, is a five-year veteran of the department.

Police Chief A.J. Benefield says Addi can find drugs, track lost people and even apprehend suspects.

Addi was with police on drug roundup last Friday when police were knocking on a door, looking for a suspect.

Police say the woman was ordered to secure two pit bulls that were barking at the front door, but instead of securing them, she released them out the back door.

That's when Benefield says the pits headed first toward two officers, then attacked Addi, who fought back.

"Of course, she's going to defend officers, her handler and herself," Benefield saod. "It was quite a tragic event for her and the police department."

Sheila Deneen Roe of Fruithurst is charged with failing to vaccinate her dogs and with drug charges unrelated to the attack.

Benefield says the police department plans to seek restitution in court for Addi's expensive vet bills.

Benefield says Addi, despite needing 17 staples in her hip, is recovering well.

"She acts now like nothing ever happened," Benefield said. "I mean, she's up and going. Of course, the first few days she was very sore, and a little lethargic from all the medication, but now she's raring to go."

Benefield says Addi's record of drug seizures has been impressive.

He says Addi appears eager to return to work, to the point that whenever her handler and owner, officer Kevin Turley, leaves his house, she acts like she's ready to go to work.

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