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Out of the woods: Connecticut police dog found safe after 36 hours in the desert

Connecticut State Police bloodhound Texas was found in the forest after they lost for a day and a half.

(Connecticut State Police)

A police dog has been found alive 36 hours after he was reported missing in the Connecticut woods.

The massive search for the K-9 Texas span Wednesday evening, Friday morning and included volunteers on foot and horseback, a police helicopter and drone, Connecticut State Police said.

“That dog is us, it is not just a dog,” Capt. David Delvecchia said, according to Fox 61 Hartford.

Texas got loose as he caught the scent of a missing man in the vicinity of Wooster Mountain and his handler lost his footing on the steep slopes, the station reported.

Another bloodhound is the missing man.

Connecticut State Police K9 Texas was Friday found after a search over more than one day.

(Conneticut State Police)

Homeland Security Special Agent Jeff Kehlenbech found Texas, whose strap had gotten tangled in a fence near a vacant house, three miles away from where he was last seen.

Kehlenbech canceled a trip to help search for the dog, state police said.

“I just heard that howl behind me from the hill,” he said, according to Fox 61. “I was looking lakes and ponds for the unfortunate scenario of him falling.”

Delvecchia said the safe reunion has made this season that much better.

“It is really a wish for Christmas and it’s just really great to have him home,” he said.

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