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.