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Heroic Yorkshire police dog back to work after surgery on painful injury


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A South Yorkshire Police dog, who suffered a dramatic fracture, will be getting back to sniffing out crime after Wakefield vets operated on him.

Eight-year-old Springer Spaniel Winston was exercising with handler PC Lee Schofield of South Yorkshire Police when he injured a leg just above the elbow.

Winston, who works as a sniffer dog, was rushed to Paragon Veterinary Referrals in Wakefield, where orthopaedic surgeon Nick Blackburn took on his treatment.

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Nick, a specialist in small animal surgery, said: “Unfortunately, elbow fractures are extremely common in the English Springer Spaniel breed and a CT scan at Paragon confirmed that Winston had suffered a fracture to his left humeral bone.

“These fractures are considered to be at the most difficult end of the spectrum due to the shape of the fracture and the fact that it involves the elbow joint.

“The operation was challenging and lasted approximately two and a half hours as we carried out a surgical fracture repair with screws and plates.

Winston's fracture
The plates and screws needed to repair Winston’s fracture to his left foreleg

“Everything went well and Winston has responded positively to the treatment so should be back at work soon.”

PC Schofield added: “We were very lucky that Winston’s treatment was in the hands of orthopaedic surgeon Nick and the Paragon team.

“He’s doing well and looking forward to getting back to full strength and out on the streets again.”

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