Winchester, VA Police K-9 Officer Kota has been named the 2014 Law Enforcement dog winner for the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards. "I felt very touched by the loyalty of all his fans," says Corporal Brittney Neer. "They've fallen in love with him and made sure to vote for him daily so he could be recognized as a hero for his sacrifice and loyalty."
On Friday, January 3, 2014, Kota was injured when he was assisting officers with a breaking and entering. Two suspects were hiding in a crawl space and as Kota was apprehending one of them, he fell through the ceiling nearly 8 feet, to the first floor of the house. The fall caused Kota to break his leg. Even after his injury, Kota showed his dedication to his handler Corporal Brittney Neer, by returning to her side on the second floor of the house. Kota underwent an extensive surgery to treat his broken leg and he continued months of rehab.
Late in 2014, Kota went back to work with the Winchester Police Department.