Hector Amezcua/ hamezcua@sacbee.com

Drago, a veteran Sacramento County Sheriff's Department police dog, lies inside a recovery room on Friday after being shot through the chest and shoulder while chasing a fleeing car thief through a field in the Elverta area. Veterinarians say Drago, a 6-year-old Belgian Malinois, was fortunate. Sheriff's officials said the man fired eight shots in the dark at the dog and chasing officers, hitting Drago only once.

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