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June 17, 2008

APB on a Police K-9

Police Search For Missing Homestead Police Dog

Caine Went Missing Between 2 - 8 a.m. Sunday

Homestead Police Department: (305) 247-1535 or (786) 298-0119

HOMESTEAD (CBS4) ― Homestead police are on the hunt for a missing police officer of the four legged variety.

On Sunday, June 15th, between 2:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m., a Homestead Police K-9 named 'Caine' was discovered missing from the area of SW 282nd Street and 162nd Avenue.

Caine is a 3-year-old male German Shepard, sable in color (dark black and brown markings), brown eyes, weighing 79 pounds and has dark distinctive markings in each ear similar to birth marks.

Caine has been on the police force for several years and works on the drug enforcement squad.

Homestead Police Captain Ed Bowe told CBS4's Sharrie Williams that he doesn't recall a police dog ever being stolen or running away in the past.

Caine's picture is plastered all over the neighborhood. The dog is described as very friendly.

"He is friendly, we're hoping somebody may have found him out and about and took him in thinking that they found a perfect pet at this point in time but they need to realize that this is a trained police K9," said Capt. Bowe.

Caine lives at home with his handler and disappeared from the yard. His handler believes the dog got loose on his own and he wasn't wearing a collar at the time of his disappearance.

An extensive search of the area has and is being conducted but police are asking for the public's help. If you see the dog or know somebody who has the dog, please call the Homestead Police Department at 305-247-1535 or 786-298-0119.

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