CONCORD – A tip called into the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office at 6:43 a.m. this morning led deputies to K-9 Igor, a missing Belgian Malinois trained in explosive detection. K-9 Igor was located at 284 Executive Park Drive, Concord.
Officers quickly arrived on scene, confirmed K-9 Igor’s identity and took him to the vet where he is receiving a physical evaluation. K-9 Igor does not appear to have any signs of distress or injury.
“We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the public for their vigilance and outpouring of support throughout this ordeal,” said Cabarrus County Sheriff Van Shaw. “We’re glad to have Igor back.”
K-9 Igor went missing at approximately 9:45 p.m. on July 4, in the 900 block of Oregon Street in Kannapolis. The K-9’s handler took him outside to use the restroom. K-9 Igor was not on lead, which is the usual custom of the handler.
While outside, fireworks discharged near the residence. The noise from the fireworks startled K-9 Igor and he ran away. The handler was unable to retrieve K-9 Igor using verbal commands.
Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies searched for K-9 Igor through the weekend. The Sheriff’s Office used mass notification messages, social media and local media to keep the community informed on K-9 Igor.
The Sheriff’s Office expects to return K-9 Igor to duty after a respite.