Missing Kent police dog found safe

Staff writerFebruary 21, 2014 

A Kent police dog who ran off while looking for a suspect late Thursday was found sleeping in someone’s backyard hours later, according to the Police Department.

Kato, who has been with the department for more than two years, disappeared about 11 p.m. in the 26200 block of 147th Avenue Southeast.

His handler brought the German shepherd to the area to help search for a hit-and-run suspect but Kato never returned.

A search team looked for the dog for about 2 ½ hours before a King County helicopter’s heat sensor found Katu snoozing in a backyard about a half mile away from the scene.

Kato last made headlines in September after he was stabbed in the shoulder with a pocket knife by a man wanted for domestic violence assault. The dog underwent emergency surgery and recovered from the attack.

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