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Freak Accident Paralyzes Top Investigative Dog

By Will Lewis
Published On: Aug 18 2011 08:43:42 AM CDT
Updated On: Nov 02 2010 09:07:32 AM CDT
LENHARTSVILLE, Pa. -

Police are hoping one of their top investigators pulls through after being badly injured in a freak accident.

Alex is a cadaver dog. She is paralyzed on her left side after a freak accident on Friday.

Don Wilcox and his wife Stella, Alex's owners, are trying to keep each day normal, but it has been hard since Alex's accident.

"Me and my wife, we've got five hours of sleep since this happened. It's probably five hours too much," said Wilcox.

On Friday, Alex was playing by her home Lenhartsville, Berks County when she ran into a car, crushing her spine.

Wilcox has owned Alex since she was 10 weeks old. He trained her to become one of the state's top crime fighters.

"Helping out local law enforcement, to help them get evidence and close cases and just give the people closure," said Wilcox.

"When we have a dog that is so highly-trained and so good at what it does, that is a great loss to law enforcement and a great loss to the citizens of Pennsylvania," said Berks County District Attorney John Adams.

Alex has been called out on many high profile police cases, many times helping police find dead and missing people.

Recently, Wilcox and Alex helped in the Michele Kalina investigation. She's the Reading woman accused of storing the remains of her babies in her closet.

"The canine was just invaluable to assist us and help us identify that there were no other bodies out there," said Adams.

Alex is expected to recover after three months to a year of physical therapy.

"When the doctor down there said she's not sure if Alex will go back to work again, Alex just lifted her head and looked at the doctor and had that look in her face like you're wrong," said Wilcox. "I'm going back to work."