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Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2014 12:00 am

LIVINGSTON, Wis. -- A Grant County Sheriff's deputy and his K-9 partner were injured in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon south of Livingston.

Deputy Ric Hottenstein, 46, of Platteville, was southbound on Wisconsin 80 and approaching the intersection with Clifton Road shortly after 3 p.m. Betty Martin, 29, of Livingston, was eastbound on Clifton Road, nearing the intersection, according to the sheriff's department. She pulled out onto Wisconsin 80 into Hottenstein's path, causing a collision.

The K-9, Diego, who was in a kennel in the squad car, was thrown forward. He suffered a small cut and sprained leg. He was taken to Family Pet Hospital in Platteville for further evaluation.

Hottenstein exited the squad car, checked on the occupants in Martin's van and then began directing traffic. Hottenstein received bumps and bruises and injured his wrist.

Betty Martin was uninjured, but her passenger, Melissa Martin, 3, suffered a bump on the head.

Betty Martin was cited with failure to yield from a stop sign.

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