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COL. CITY K9 FOUND: Allen Co. deputy finds Stryker

January 30, 2013

Stryker, a CCPD K9, went missing Tuesday afternoon. He is pictured at right with his handler, Master Patrolman Tim Pittenger, doing a routine drug search in the parking lot at Columbia City High School last year. Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s missing police dog was found Wednesday morning.

An Allen County Sheriff’s Deputy spotted Stryker, who had been in hiatus since Tuesday afternoon.

The police dog was found on Hathaway Road in Allen County at approximately 10 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The canine got out of his kennel Tuesday, and was spotted by a passing motorist at approximately 3 p.m. — sparking a search that lasted until dark.

Stryker had last been seen in the area of Ind. 205 and County Road 200 East, and was found a few miles into Allen County on Hathaway Road.

Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh said Stryker appears to be uninjured and healthy and doesn’t have any injuries.

“We are very thrilled to have him back,” Longenbaugh said.

The chief said Stryker’s handler, Master Patrolman Tim Pittenger, will be taking him to the veterinarian this afternoon.

“I am very thankful for all of the departments and volunteers that helped us look for him,” Longenbaugh said.

Longenbaugh said along with Columbia City Police Officers, the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police, Churubusco Police Department, Allen County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana Conservation officers, Churubusco Fire Department and other volunteers assisted in the search.

After the CCPD was tipped off about the escape, Pittenger, Stryker’s handler, came home to his residence in the Collins area to find the dog’s kennel door ajar.

Longenbaugh said the department received two calls Tuesday night of possible Stryker sightings, but neither turned up the K9.

Longenbaugh said the department received tips that the dog was spotted near Eel River Golf Course and along U.S. 30.

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