Madera County, CA – A Madera County police K9 who escaped from his handler’s home was found playing with a woman’s dog. The Belgian Malinois, Odin, sparked a widespread search after escaping from a fenced yard in the early morning hours on July 2.
Reports of possible sightings were reported by members of the public in the area of Herndon and Chestnut in Fresno, and a reward was offered for Odin’s safe return.
The Madera County Deputy Sheriff’s Association (a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization) is offering a $2,000 reward to anyone with information leading to the return of Odin, and/or who returns him safely to our agency
Odin was eventually located by a good Samaritan who found him happily playing with her own dog, a German shepherd.
The Madera County Sheriff’s Office updated concerned Facebook followers with the good news:
K9 ODIN LOCATED BY GOOD SAMARITAN 🙏🏼🐾
Camryn Escoto, seen here with Odin, returned home this evening and found him in her backyard, happily playing with her German Shepherd. Camryn, who lives in the area of Ashlan and Clovis Avenue,
According to the sheriff’s department, Odin’s finder phoned the Clovis police to report the dog; she was unaware that Odin was missing and that the authorities had been searching for him.
Odin was promptly reunited with his handler and he appeared to be in “good spirits” with no signs of injury.
Sheriff Tyson Pogue remarks,
“We cannot thank Ms. Escoto enough for her swift response reporting Odin’s location. Our community has proven once again what a truly tight knit, compassionate, supportive place it is, and we are proud to serve each of you. We feel fortunate and grateful for this outcome, and once again thank all of those who helped the extensive search efforts today.”