Boy oh boy do we need more positive and heartwarming news.
A K-9 bloodhound reunited with its handler after it ran away during a training exercise the previous day.
Gunner, a K-9 unit dog from North Carolina, was visiting York County, South Carolina, for a training session. However, at around 3:00 p.m., Gunner “jerked away” from his handler and took off into a wooded area at King’s Mountain State Park, the York County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) stated on Facebook.
Multiple officers began searching for the missing K-9, and the YCSO received help from neighboring law enforcement agencies, including the Caston County Police Department, the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.
After 25 hours of searching, Gunner was found “cold, wet, and thirsty” but in “good” health.
The officers who found Gunner said they saw him come out of the woods and were initially unsure if it was the missing K-9. But after approaching and getting a hold of the dog, they quickly realized it was Gunner.
“She gets down and just grabs the dog and says, ‘I am not letting this dog go,’ that’s how she did it. And I was like, ‘Oh, what’s this dog’s name?’ It said Gunner, and I said, ‘Oh God, that’s him!’ So that’s when we found him,” one of the officers told Queen City News.
The YCSO released footage of the emotional moment Gunner was reunited with his handler, Harnett County Sheriff’s Office deputy Mike McCoy.
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