Layton police dog found safe

Jul 4 2011 - 10:53pm

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A Layton police service dog, named Utah, that went missing on Sunday, was found safe and reunted with its handler.
A Layton police service dog, named Utah, that went missing on Sunday, was found safe and reunted with its handler.

SOUTH OGDEN -- A Layton police officer was reunited with his dog on Monday night.

The Layton Police Department service dog, which escaped from his handler's residence on Sunday night in South Ogden, was found a few blocks away, close to 24 hours after his escape.

"The dog was found by a man who was not aware of the situation and did not know there was a missing police dog," said Sgt. Curtis Salvesen. "He found the dog and called the Weber County dispatch."

The man, who did not want his name released to the media, talked with the dispatch officer around 9 p.m. Monday, and described the dog. Police officers went to the man's house and positively identified the dog.

The dog, Utah, escaped between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sunday after breaking free from his crate in the officer's garage.

Officials believe that the dog then fled through the dog door and jumped over a 6-foot vinyl fence surrounding the backyard. The handler was not home at the time.

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