PEARLINGTON, MS (WLOX) - The Hancock County Sheriff's Department K9 deputy credited with saving his handler's life is receiving an award from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Lucas has been honored by PETA with a Heroic Dog Award for rushing to the aid of his human partner, Deputy Todd Frazier, during an attack on May 18, in Pearlington.
Frazier stopped to check on a suspicious vehicle at a rest stop when three men attacked him, dragging him toward the woods. Frazier was able to open the rear door of his patrol car with a remote control device. Lucas leapt to the defense of his handler, attacking the suspects as they fled the scene.
Thursday, officials with the sheriff's department said Lucas sustained severe injuries during the attack, including a torn ligament and road rash. Deputies expect him to make a full recovery, but it could be the end of his law enforcement career.
PETA is sending a framed certificate to the sheriff's office and a goodie bag for Lucas.
"Dogs are known to risk life and limb to come to the aid of their human friends, as this brave K9 did in spades," said PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. "PETA hopes his story will remind all dog guardians to return their companions' affection with walks, toys and love and to treat them as beloved members of the family."
The search is still on for the three men who attacked Frazier. Officials say they were driving a blue Lincoln Town Car with a dark top and custom rims.
Crime Stoppers is now offering a reward for information that leads to their arrests. Phone in a tip to 1-877-787-5898.