Missing 61 days... The Search and Recovery of K9 Karson
" To Jordina Thorp Ghiggeri, where do I start? The level of professionalism that you have shown, and the
countless hours you have spent with a nervous, OCD police officer cannot be measured. To Lost Pet Professionals, you are one
of a kind. The knowledge and training you put into your company and employees goes far beyond anything I have ever seen. It's
been a pleasure to work with your company and a professional like Jordina".
Officer Jerry Popp K9 Handler Wilmington Police Department
K9 Karson is a three year old Belgian Malinois. He is an active duty K9 officer
with the Wilmington Police Department. On December 23, 2014, while his officer was away for the Christmas holidays, Karson
escaped in a panic from a boarding facility in Wilmington, Ohio. The search began with law enforcement taking the lead.
Approximately, 10 days into the search, Wilmington PD decided they needed professional help. Field Agent K9 handler Jordina Ghiggeri was
called in. Over the next 7 weeks, Jordina and Officer Jerry Popp worked full time tracking the roaming Malinois.
Karson eventually traveled over a hundred miles as he journeyed to the area of Xenia, Ohio where his Officer lived. The Wilmington
Police Department was unflinching in their determination to recover the K9 member of their law enforcement family.
On February 22, 2015, 61 days after he went missing, a lead was called in of
a dog running in a snow covered corn field, Jordina, Officer Popp and Sgt. Fithen surrounded and captured Karson. The search
was over. With over 30,000 Facebook followers, the celebration and recognition went on for weeks with Jordina receiving
a commendation from the City Of Wilmington PD.
are literally hundreds of stories about K9 Karson, his journey and recovery.
Google K9 Karson for more information.
The full story... K9 Karson Facebook Page
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