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K9 missing after fireworks scare her

A retired Marion County Sheriff's Office K9 is missing after the sound of fireworks startled her.

Posted: Jul 1, 2019 5:20 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (WTTV) — A retired Marion County Sheriff's Office K9 is missing after the sound of fireworks startled her.

The noise triggered 13-year-old Laika to chew through a gate and run away.

K9 Unit Lieutenant Lisa Graves said dogs like Laika just want to run, fight or flight and so hers, it's flight.

She’s a friendly, black Belgian Malinois and is trained to detect narcotics.

If you find Laika, you should maintain an appropriate level of caution, but be aware she is not a bite dog.

Laika has been missing since last Tuesday.

Here are safety suggestions from Pet Wellness Clinic:

Keep sparklers and fireworks, lit or unlit, away from your pets.

Don’t let pets near matches, lighters, charcoal or hot grills.

Use only pet-approved sunscreen and insect repellents.

Maintain pets regular diet.

Clean up fireworks debris and food scraps before letting pets back outside.

Make sure your pet is micro-chipped.

Graves believes Laika could be in Morgan, Hendricks or Johnson Counties. Please call (317) 840-8408 if you find Laika or spot her.

You can also call the Marion County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency dispatch at (317) 327-3811.

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