K9 Karson back on the beat

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WILMINGTON, Ohio (WDTN) – One day on the job and Karson is looking good.

The Wilmington police dog is back on the beat after getting re-certified to serve the community.

In the last two weeks Karson has put his weight back on and spent some time at a kennel in Indiana and performed very well during his re-certification process.

The trainers said it was like he never left and ended up giving him the all clear to return to work.

Karson escaped from a boarding kennel in December and was on the run for two months before finally being captured.

He is a dual purpose dog who does searches for narcotics in the field and helps track and apprehend suspects.

His handler Officer Jerry Popp says he appreciates all of the support, cards and tennis balls for Karson.

While the first day was slow and uneventful they still managed to did go on a few calls.

“Karson getting back into the swing of things We took a few calls where we had to use lights and sirens and he was antsy in the back seat ready to go. So he’s ready to go,” Popp said.

The Wilmington Police Department has filed an insurance claim for 37 thousand dollars for lost time.

His rehabilitation is now complete.  The city was happy to show him off on his first day back on the beat.

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