CABARRUS COUNTY, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - The Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office said one of their K9’s is now back at home safe after running off from hearing loud fireworks on the Fourth of July.
"Igor has been found and is safe and unharmed! Thank you everyone for all of your help and concern," the sheriff's office shared on Facebook.
A tip called into the sheriff’s office at 6:43 a.m. Monday led deputies to K9 Igor, a missing Belgian Malinois trained in explosive detection. K9 Igor was located along Executive Park Drive in Concord.
Deputies quickly arrived on scene, confirmed K9 Igor’s identity and took him to the vet where he is receiving a physical evaluation. K9 Igor does not appear to have any signs of distress or injury.
“We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the public for their vigilance and outpouring of support throughout this ordeal,” said Sheriff Van Shaw. “We’re glad to have Igor back.”
K9 Igor went missing around 9:45 p.m. on July 4, 2019 in the 900 block of Oregon Street in Kannapolis. Igor was taken outside by his handler to use the restroom. K9 Igor was not on lead, which is the usual custom of the handler.
While outside, fireworks discharged near the residence. The noise from the fireworks startled K9 Igor causing him to run away. The handler was unable to use verbal commands to retrieve K9 Igor.
K9 Igor is a Belgian Malinois that is trained in explosive detection. He is not trained for any other purposes and is not trained to bite (although all precautions regarding any animal should be observed).