SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE COUNTY – The Miami-Dade Police Department found one of its own after a brief search.
The department had asked for help in locating a lost police dog and found him about 45 minutes later.
"Our concern was that he could be hit by a car. You know a lot of bad things could happen. He could ingest something bad for him, so we had a lot of concerns for his safety," Lt. Jeff Schmidinger said. "These dogs go out every day and they put their lives on the line for us, and it's our responsibility to do the same for them."
K-9 Mikey was last seen Friday afternoon in an area near Southwest 304th Street and 187th Avenue in Southwest Miami-Dade.
Mikey escaped from the backyard of his residence.
Police said Mikey's partner left home at 8:30 a.m. for work and returned about 3:30 p.m. to find Mikey missing from his backyard.
The Belgian Malinois, who weighs about 60 pounds and is very friendly, was found less than a mile away on the front porch of a woman's home who happens to own a pet sitting business.
The owner of Dirty Paws Pet Sitting posted a photo of Mikey on Facebook in hopes of finding his owner and people quickly told her the dog belonged to Miami-Dade police.