Kershaw Co. K-9 found safe after running away during Memorial Day fireworks

Updated: Jun. 1, 2021 at 7:02 PM EDT
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LUGOFF, S.C. (WIS) - The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Department is relieved after a missing K-9 deputy was found safe and returned to his handler.

Sheriff Lee Boan says deputies couldn’t sleep because they were worried about K-9 Nero.

Nero is a 10-year-old Malinois that is trained in drug apprehension and also tracking scents.

Boan said Nero was in a backyard Monday night with his handler. As fireworks started, Nero ran away.

The Sheriff’s Department posted his disappearance on Facebook around 2 a.m. and the sheriff says the community came together helping them look for Nero.

About 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, the sheriff said two men found Nero near Gettys Road -- about two to three miles from where he disappeared -- and contacted law enforcement.

Boan says Nero was tired, but thankfully OK.

“He was tired because he ran a bit,” Boan said. “He was just taking an afternoon nap. Our deputies had a tough night because this is one of the fellow deputies. They’re just glad he’s back.”

The sheriff said the community was never in danger because Nero is not a “bite dog.”

Another K-9 was lost several years ago and got hit by a car, so the sheriff said he’s glad Nero was returned unharmed.

Boan said they already ordered Nero a tracking collar in case this happens again. The sheriff did mention that Nero is microchipped.

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