Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, K-9 Zaki is expected to return to work this month, Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox said in a press release.

“Livingston County Sheriff's Office K-9 Zaki was injured in a use of force incident in March and was assaulted by the suspect,” Cox said. “Zaki has remained off duty since that incident and has made multiple visits to the vet. Information was shared with a DVM in Columbia, on the tests and condition and we received very good news this week, that Zaki will be returning to full duty the week of May 24. The vet wants to make sure Zaki is well healed before going full duty again.”

Zaki has been receiving permitted training with his handler, Deputy Nicholas Leadbetter during this time.

During Zaki's absence, Linn County Sheriff Jeff Henke and his K-9 assisted Livingston County law enforcement several times.

“We appreciate all the care and concern expressed for Zaki as he is a great deputy for us and he is eager to get back to patrol duties for our citizens,” Cox said.