Maverick, the 9-year-old police dog seriously injured last week during a chase, remains in critical condition but is showing signs of improvement.
The Belgian Malinois is able to drink water through a syringe and eat some by hand, according to Wake Forest town officials, who said they are "cautiously optimistic" the dog may be able to leave N.C. State's College of Veterinary Medicine later this week.
The K-9 has also been able to stand for a few minutes with support.
Maverick underwent surgery at the vet school following last week's police chase of a man wanted on outstanding warrants. Maverick was struck by a police car as an officer chased Marcus Marcus Antwan Richardson, 21, who was wanted on warrants for probation violation, failing to appear in court and resisting a public officer.
Richardson was later arrested in Apex and faces charges of assault on a law enforcement agency animal and resisting arrest.
Since his emergency surgery, Maverick has been listed in critical but stable condition.
The police dog, in service since 2004, is scheduled to retire in October.