Chicago police dog missing on SW Side
May 14, 2009 10:36 AM | 7 Comments | UPDATED STORY
A Chicago police Canine Unit officer is looking for his animal partner who was spooked by a clap of thunder and jumped the fence at the officer's Southwest Side home Wednesday night, police said.
The dog, named Bear, is a German shepherd and has been missing since about 10:30 p.m., said Police News Affairs Officer Laura Kubiak.
The officer took the dog out into the backyard of his home in the 3800 block of West 109th Street about 10:30 p.m. during a lull in Wednesday night's thunderstorms, Kubiak said.
A clap of thunder scared Bear and "all of a sudden" he climbed a 5-foot fence and took off in an easterly direction, Kubiak said.
The male German shepherd is black and tan, and weighs about 74 pounds. He has a computer chip under his skin that identifies him, Kubiak said. He is about 2-1/2 years old, according to police.
Authorities are running a bulletin about Bear over the Chicago police band radio.
Bear's human partner was "out almost all night looking for him," went home and slept for a few hours, and was beginning his search again about 8 a.m., Kubiak said.
Anyone who locates Bear should call the Chicago Police Canine Unit at 312-746-7180, Kubiak said.