Lakewood police dog found after vanishing during storm

Staff writerSeptember 6, 2013 

UPDATE as of 3:58 p.m.: From Lawler: "Apparently, Duke wandered into a lady’s backyard, and she recognized him from the media coverage and called him by his name and he responded. She held onto him until the police were called. He is in good health and back with the handler."

UPDATE as of 3:50 p.m.: Duke's been found, according to Lakewood police Lt. Chris Lawler. Details about where the dog's been or how he was recovered were not immediately available.

PREVIOUS POST: A Lakewood police dog is missing after chewing through his kennel during Thursday's lightning storm.

The department is asking for the public's help in finding Duke, a 10 1/2-year-old Labrador retriever mix who has worked with Lakewood police for 6 1/2 years.

The dog ran away from his handler's home near 208th Street and Mountain Highway in the Spanaway/Graham area.

Duke is microchipped and wearing a collar. Anyone who sees him is asked to call 911.

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