Zaki was injured earlier this month and has already returned to work.
Earlier this month, Deputy Nicholas Leadbetter and K-9 Zaki’s assistance was requested one night to assist the Chillicothe Police Department with a man who was reportedly wanted on federal arrest warrant(s) and was allegedly in possession of a stolen vehicle.
When the subject was located he was not compliant with the law enforcement requests and due to overall circumstances, Zaki was given the directive to detain the suspect. As Zaki was running to complete his order, a back leg somehow got caught on something and was badly cut. According to a press release from Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox, an officer then directed the suspect at gunpoint to submit to arrest when the suspect began fighting the armed officer. Working together, on-scene members of law enforcement and Zaki worked together to take the suspect into custody.
Once the scene was secured Deputy Jordan Williams and Deputy Leadbetter gave Zaki first aid. Zaki was subsequently treated by a local veterinarian where he received staples to close the wound and given one week off duty to recover. Zaki returned to work the week of oct. 21, just in time for a manhunt in southern Livingston County.
Cox said there are a variety of ways community members can help Zaki and contribute to his care.
“If you would like to be a part of Zaki's Team we are always open to contributions specifically for the LCSO K-9 Fund,” he said.
Donations can be sent to Captain Sindy Thomas at the LCSO, 901 Webster St., Chillicothe, Mo 64601. Thomas can also be reached via email at sthomas@livcosoorg or by calling 660-646-0515. Any donations will be secured with County Clerk Sherry Parks in a fund only for K-9 Zaki and Deputy Leadbetter.
“Zaki has helped many people and been a great assistance to a number of agencies in our area,” Cox added. “We thank you for the opportunity to have him and Deputy Leadbetter on our team.”