Deputy and K-9 reunite after community spreads word

This K-9 officer went missing Thursday, September 17, 2015. (WISH Photo)

MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — A Morgan County deputy is reunited with his K-9 after the dog somehow got out of his kennel. Now the deputy is thanking the community for helping him track down the missing dog.

Citar (Martinsville Police Department Photo)
Citar (Martinsville Police Department Photo)

The K-9 is a one-year-old shepherd name Citar. His handler is Deputy Mark Wilson.

“I just wanted to get him back,” Wilson said.

For Wilson, the story starts with a phone call at 7:30 Thursday morning from his wife.

“She said Citar was gone.”

That’s when Wilson notified officers and firefighters in the area. People across Martinsville spread the word online, sharing pictures and descriptions of the K-9.

Late Thursday morning, someone spotted Citar running down the street and they called officers. The officers the notified Wilson.

“We were pretty happy at that point,” Wilson said. “He came right up to me when I pulled up and I leashed him up and put him back in the vehicle.”

Wilson said he locked Citar’s kennel before heading to work around midnight.

He doesn’t know what happened to that, and he doesn’t know how Citar got a minor injury to his mouth.

“Nothing catastrophic that will cause the dog to not be able to work,” Wilson said.

That’s good news for Morgan County, because Citar’s got a lot of work ahead of him.

He’s only been with the department for three weeks. The dog starts training next month and will officially join the force early next year.

Wilson has high hopes.

“We bonded pretty well,” he said. “He has a lot of energy. A lot of drive, obviously. He’s been running around the city today.”

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