On Sunday a highly trained German Shepherd police dog in Wisconsin bolted from his handler during a drug search of a vehicle and disappeared into a nearby woods. Toro has been part of the Sheriff’s Department for two years.
Besides being expensive, loose police dogs can present liability issues. Deputies from nearby counties as well as fire departments searched throughout the night and into the next day before finding him. Snowmobiles and helicopters were used in the search.
He was in excellent health after being on the loose for a day and a half except for a small cut on his paw. He seemed to be having a good time. He was feeding on a deer carcass when he was found.
The deputy had no trouble controlling him through commands and the leash that was still attached to his collar. Toro has been put on administrative leave will return to work on Friday. From now on he will undoubtedly be kept on a tighter leash. Maybe some venison should be included in his diet. Source
Perhaps the lesson is that no matter how civilized and professional our dogs may seem to be, their inner wolf at times responds to the Call of the Wild.