- Associated Press - Monday, August 10, 2015

FREMONT, Calif. (AP) - Fremont’s newest police dog has been found after going missing for more than 12 hours.

The Oakland Tribune reports (https://bayareane.ws/1L1rIpG ) that 16-month-old Niko was reunited with his handler Sunday after escaping his secured yard in San Jose Saturday night.

Authorities say Niko had dug a hole and escaped under the fence while his owner was asleep.

San Jose and Fremont police officers as well as Santa Clara police search-and-rescue crews participated in the search for the black-and-tan German Shepherd.

Niko was eventually spotted along a creekside around 11 a.m. Sunday by a San Jose police sergeant.

The dog, who joined the department two weeks ago, appeared to be in good condition but was taken to a veterinarian to be thoroughly checked.

Police didn’t say when Niko would return to work.


Information from: The Oakland Tribune, https://www.oaklandtribune.com

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