"While attempting to subdue a suspect, Forrest sustained bruising and swelling around his head and nose area," Heaton told The Brazil Times about the dog's visit to the veterinarian. "Forrest will be under medical care and observation for the next five to seven days, while Josh makes sure that he can eat."
According to Heaton, damages to the nerves in the muzzle of a drug dog can be critical.
Because the sheriff department's drug dog program is fully funded by community donations, Heaton said the department would seek restitution if the suspect in the case is convicted.
Shortly before midnight Sunday, an unidentified homeowner called 911 dispatchers to report they were able to get the license plate number of the truck that just hit their home at 1378 West County Road 800 South and drove off. The damage was contained to one area on the outside of the home, but the impact knocked items off shelves inside the home.
As deputies were being dispatched to the scene, a second caller informed authorities a truck was located down a farm lane, blowing its horn for unknown reasons.
No one was in the truck when the deputies arrived, but blood and firearms were found inside the vehicle.
After detecting a scent, Deputy/K-9 Handler Josh Clarke and K-9 Officer Forrest tracked down Brandon Riggle, 27, Clay City, hiding in a brush pile under some weeds.
After Riggle refused several orders by Clarke to come out and show his hands, K-9 Forrest was sent to get him out.
Riggle allegedly began hitting Forrest repeatedly in the head. Calling off Forrest, Clarke attempted to gain control of Riggle, but he still fought. Forrest assisted a second time.
Once in custody, Riggle was transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital where he was treated and released for injuries sustained in the accident and minor injuries during his arrest.
Riggle was taken into custody upon his release from the hospital and booked into the Clay County Justice Center on preliminary charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident, battery and resisting law enforcement.
Jail officials confirmed Monday evening that Riggle remains incarcerated while awaiting formal arraignment per court schedule.