Lake County Sheriff’s Office Canine Dax recovers at home after being injured while apprehending a juvenile suspect who fled from officers during a pursuit that ended near Zion earlier this month. | Provided Photo

Officials said Tuesday that Lake County Sheriff’s Canine Dax is thankful for his cards and well wishes as he continues to receive treatment after being injured earlier this month.

Lake County Sheriff’s Canine Dax and his handler Deputy John Forlenza were requested to track a fleeing suspect early in the morning on March 4.

The Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin Police Department had pursued a stolen vehicle driven by the suspect, according to Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli.

The driver crashed the stolen car in the 41000 block of North Green Bay Road in unincorporated Zion after striking a police squad.

The suspect was believed to be hiding in a wooded area after fleeing from the car.

Covelli said that Dax and Forlenza arrived at the scene and Forlenza gave announcements warning the offender to surrender.

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Dax began barking to further warn the suspect.

The offender refused to surrender or make himself known, Covelli said. A brief track occurred and Dax located the suspect hiding in the woods.

Dax bit the offender in the torso area and he subsequently surrendered.

The offender, later identified as a 16-year-old Zion juvenile, was taken into custody and transported to an area hospital for the bite, Covelli said.

Lake County Sheriff’s Office Canine Dax recovers at home after being injured while apprehending a juvenile suspect who fled from officers during a pursuit that ended near Zion earlier this month. | Provided Photo

During the apprehension, Dax sustained an injury resulting in him not being able to bear weight on his hind legs.

He was under the care of a veterinarian and is back home resting, Covelli said last week.

Dax has been receiving acupuncture to help reduce the swelling in his neck and spine.

Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg said he is “extremely hopeful” Dax’s injury is not serious.

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“Please send positive thoughts to Dax and Deputy Forlenza, as the extent of the injury is determined. We are all wishing Dax a speedy recovery,” Idleburg said at the time of the incident.

In an update Tuesday, Idleburg thanked the community for their outpouring of support.

Dax continues to receive treatment at TOPS Veterinary Rehabilitation and follows up with Dr. Newman at Partners and Paws Veterinary Services.

“Dax continues to be in great hands and he too is so grateful for all of the cards, treats, and everything else he’s received!” the sheriff’s office said.