Police dog seriously injured in hit-and-run investigation

Zeus, a North Haven police K-9, received serious injuries while searching for a hit-and-run suspect.

NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — While police investigated a hit and run accident Monday night, a police K-9 named Zeus was hospitalized after suffering serious injuries.

North Haven police assisted New Haven officials in responding to a two-car collision around 6:45 pm. A black BMW crashed into another car sending it off the road and into a nearby body of water, according to police.

The BMW fled the scene with a flat tire, traveling north on I-91, police say. Officers searched nearby areas and found the BMW with no one inside it, on Quinnpiac Avenue near Moulthroup Street.

Officer Brennan and Zeus
Officer Brennan and Zeus

Officer Brennan and his K-9 partner Zeus arrived and began a search for the driver that caused the accident.

Zeus followed the suspect’s scent and led officers through a residential area.

While going over a metal fence, Zeus seriously injured one of his hind legs. He was transported to Central Animal Hospital where he underwent surgery.

Officials say Zeus is not in good shape and will be out of service for several weeks while his injuries heal.

Police did not say whether any people were hurt in the car accident. Officials are still searching for the driver that caused the hit-and-run collision.

News 8 will provide more information when it becomes available.

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