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Almost two months to the day after he escaped his kennel, a Wilmington K-9 officer has been found safe.
A Wilmington Police Department dispatcher confirmed the 3-year-old Belgian Malinois who went missing Dec. 23 was located Sunday.
Karson’s human handler, Wilmington Patrol K-9 Officer Jerry Popp said Karson was found between Interstate 71 and Starbuck and Sabina roads. The location was about seven miles away from the Wilmington Police Department’s downtown headquarters.
The dog lost about 14 pounds but appeared fine otherwise, Popp said. A veterinarian was giving a Karson a full exam Sunday afternoon to make sure he was okay.
Karson survived two periods of bitterly cold temperatures, the first in early January and the second this week. He also sparked strong interest in his safety via social media.
A Facebook page dedicated to sightings of the dog has more than 20,000 followers.
In a January story about Karson, Popp said he didn’t fear Karson could not survive outdoors in wind chills falling to minus-10 or minus-20.
“Not at all. He’s trained to survive,” Popp said. “He’s an athletic dog, a strong dog, a smart dog. He’ll either find shelter or keep moving. I’m not worried. Not at all.”
Popp and other searchers looked for the dog far and wide. Karson sightings sent crews to Greene County, north of Wilmington, and Xenia.
Xenia is about 18 miles northwest of Wilmington.
Popp had worked with Karson for 14 months before the dog’s disappearance.
A $2,000 reward had been offered for the dog’s safe return.