HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - After 17 days of intense searching, the Hancock County Sheriff's Department K9 Radar has been reunited with his handler.
Chief Deputy Don Bass said Radar was found near a private residence Wednesday not far from where the search began more than two weeks ago. He tried to run off, so deputies tranquilized him for his own safety.
Cmdr. Jeremy Skinner said Radar was dehydrated and emaciated, so he was immediately taken to a veterinarian for evaluation. Radar's handler was then brought in for an emotional reunion.
"While as an agency, we have a sense of relief, the reunion of Radar and his handler will allow his handler to focus on his recovery without the stress, guilt and the unknown as to Radar's whereabouts or conditions," said Skinner.
The deputy has gone through one surgery since the wreck that sent Radar running, and he will need several more in the near future.
Skinner said Radar started returning to his normal demeanor after receiving fluids and treatments. As he recovers over the next few weeks, the department will have to decide if Radar can return to duty as a working dog.
The department issued thanks to the Pearl River County Sheriff's Office, the Mississippi Blood Trailing Network and everyone in the community who helped in the tireless search for Radar.