The Enfield Police Department confirmed that one of its K-9s was struck by a motor vehicle Wednesday night.
The police dog, named Bruin, was chasing a bike thief on Middle Road when he was hit.
They said two men in a truck approached a group of biking teens near the Freshwater Commons shopping center. One suspect got out of the vehicle, assaulted one of the teens and took his bike.
The victim suffered from facial injuries but was expected to be OK.
Bruin was treated by a veterinarian and was also expected to recover.
Police admitted that there's always the chance that a dog could be hurt on the job, but that they make a difference on a case.
They also said Bruin was a great companion.
The dog is the youngest of the town's three K-9s. He's been a member of the department for more than three years.
Police said they were still searching for the suspects in the truck.
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