Bradley County K-9 Joker recovering at home with a long road ahead

Contributed photo by Bradley County Sheriff's Office / Bradley County Sheriff's Office K-9 Joker got to go home last week after undergoing an MRI and CAT scan. Joker was shot Sept. 22 during a foot pursuit near Interstate 75's exit 20.

Joker, the Bradley County Sheriff's Office K-9, is home this weekend with his human family after undergoing surgery for his gunshot wounds and some procedures in preparation for possible future treatments, according to officials.

"As of today, K-9 Joker is continuing to rest and recover at home," sheriff's office spokesperson Alana Shell said Friday.

Joker's injuries stem from shots fired by six suspects who were fleeing authorities behind the Toyota of Cleveland dealership at Exit 20 off of Interstate 75 on Sept. 22.

Joker's boss, Sheriff Steve Lawson, said he was happy the four-legged officer was now home with the family of his handler, Bradley County Deputy Eduardo Choate.

"We are blessed to say that K-9 Joker was released from the hospital," Lawson said Friday. "However, K-9 Joker still has a long road of recovery ahead of him and will need our prayers while he heals over the next few weeks."