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Reedley Police K9 Kona Is Still Missing. $2K Reward Offered.
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By Bill McEwen, News Director
Published 9 months ago on
July 5, 2023

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Update,  10 a.m. Thursday, July 6: 

Reedley Police Chief Joe Garza says department K9 Kona is still missing “and we are extremely worried about his well-being.”

Continued Garza in a Facebook post: “If you have seen Kona or have any information that could help us locate him, please reach out to us immediately. Even the smallest detail might make a significant difference in our search efforts. Your assistance and vigilance in spreading the word are invaluable.

“To further encourage your cooperation, the Reedley Police Officers Association – a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization — is offering a reward of $2,000 for information leading to Kona’s safe return. We sincerely hope this reward will motivate individuals to come forward with any relevant information. Please contact us at the following phone number or email address if you have any leads or sightings:

English-speaking Tip Line – (559) 356-8990
Spanish-speaking Tip Line – (559) 246-4183
salina.gonzalez@reedley.ca.gov

Original story

A second K9 with a Valley law enforcement agency has gone missing inside of a week.

The Reedley Police Department says that Kona, a 10-year-old German Shepherd, escaped his handler’s garage in Visalia on Tuesday night after apparently getting upset by the sound of fireworks.

The canine had a tracker on its collar, which led the officers to the 14000 block of Avenue 280 outside the Visalia city limits. However, the tracker had come off the dog’s collar and the search continues.

Kona, who weighs 80 pounds, has a sable-colored coat and wears a black flat nylon collar with no other identifiable tags. He is described as well-trained, social, and even-tempered.

Anyone who sees Kona is asked to contact the Reedley Police Department immediately at (559) 637-4250. The public is asked not to approach or try to handle Kona.

Odin Quickly Reunited With Handler

Odin, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois weighing 75 pounds, went missing from his Madera County deputy handler’s Fresno home sometime in the wee hours Sunday morning.

By Sunday evening, he was back with the sheriff’s office after being found playing with a German Shepherd in the back of a woman’s home.

 

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Bill McEwen,
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Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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