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MFRD rescue dog has 'long road to recovery' after being hit by a vehicle

Mobile Fire-Rescue officials say Nero, a three-year-old Belgian Malinois, was struck while performing training exercises. (Photos: MFRD) Mobile Fire-Rescue officials say Nero, a three-year-old Belgian Malinois, was struck while performing training exercises. (Photos: MFRD)
MOBILE, AL (WALA) -

Mobile Fire-Rescue officials say Nero, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, has a "long road to recovery" after being struck Thursday by a vehicle while performing training exercises.

The incident happened on Thursday at about 5:30 p.m. at Mobile Fire-Rescue Department Station 1 at 6801 Overlook Road.

Nero is a Mobile Fire-Rescue Department Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) Type II Live Find dog. 

Mobile Fire-Rescue Public Information Officer Steven Millhouse, said Nero was with is owner/partner when the incident took place.

Millhouse on Saturday gave the following update about Nero:

"Nero returned home this morning. Veterinary staff inform that although there was much fluid and blood in his abdomen, the majority of Nero's internal bleeding is under control. His vital organs (kidneys, liver, spleen, etc.) are intact. He has severe road rash and several lacerations. Sadly, Nero's tail was dislocated and will require amputation. Surgery will likely take place within the next couple of weeks. Nero has a long road to recovery, but for now, he is home surrounded by family."

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