Orlando K-9 officer recovering after near drowning, police say
Landon Bradley Barnes
Orlando Police Officer Tim Stanley ,right, with his K-9 partner "SeaBee"on patrol Wednesday, January 16, 2013 in downtown Orlando. (Red Huber, Orlando Sentinel)
ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
An Orlando Police K9 is recovering after officers said he was held underwater by a suspected burglar.
Seabee, a two-and-a-half-year old German Shepherd, has been with the police department for over a year-and-a-half.
The K-9 and his handler, Ofc. Tim Stanley, were responding to reports of a burglar in the 2500 block of Chelsea Street in the Audubon Park neighborhood just after 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
Police say Landon Bradley Barnes, 18, of Orlando, was accused of breaking into a home in the neighborhood. He was chased by a woman who was able to track him until he disappeared near Druid Lake.
Seabee found Barnes, who was hiding in a swampy area near the lake. Officers said Barnes held Seabee underwater as the dog was trying to force him out of the lake.
Seabee spent the night recovering in an animal hospital. The dog was released from the animal hospital on Friday; however, he still has a high fever and there is the potential for infections, a spokesperson for the police department says.
Both Seabee and Ofc. Stanley are off duty for the next 3 days and Seabee will have follow up appointments to ensure his full recovery.
Barnes was booked into the Orange County Jail on a $5,300 bond. He faces charges of burglary, resisting an officer with violence and injuring a police dog charges.