By Brian Maass

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – A Lakewood police K-9 handler is back at work after being badly bitten by a Lakewood police dog during a training exercise.

CBS4 learned that the police dog, named Finn, bit Lakewood Police Agent Patrick Lone during the training exercise on Aug. 18. After the bite, Lone was off work for roughly a month recuperating from the dog bite injuries.

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Lakewood Police Agent Patrick Lone

Lakewood Police Agent Patrick Lone in an undated photo, and with a K9 that is not Finn (credit: CBS)

Lakewood police say Lone recently returned to work.

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“Anytime the K-9 team does training there is a risk of injury,” said Lakewood police spokesman Detective Ty Countryman. “Agent Lone was not the handler of the dog, but was playing the role of ‘agitator’ when the incident took place.”

Countryman said the incident occurred at an abandoned building that is used for training exercises. Countryman said the police dog is still in training.

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Lakewood police said they would not discuss the nature or extent of Lone’s injuries, but one police source familiar with the case said Finn bit Lone in the face.

Brian Maass