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
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.