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“This was not the outcome we had hoped for, and our thoughts and prayers are with the handler and his family at this time.”

PUNTA GORDA, Florida- A missing Florida police dog who apparently escaped or was taken from his kennel over the weekend has been found deceased.

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office issued the following statement today:

“The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office is heartbroken to report that K9 Edo has been located in North Port and is deceased. K9 Edo has been missing since Saturday evening when he escaped from his kennel by unknown means.

 

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“We are overwhelmed by the support we have received from the community while searching for K9 Edo, both in North Port and Charlotte County,” stated Sheriff Bill Prummell. “This was not the outcome we had hoped for, and our thoughts and prayers are with the handler and his family at this time.”

K9 Edo was discovered missing from his latched kennel in his handler’s garage on Saturday evening. The garage door was open due to the cooler weather. It is unknown at this time how K9 Edo got out, or was removed, from the kennel. The North Port Police Department is continuing their investigation.”

The agency has not determined the cause of death, but a necropsy indicated the injuries were consistent with being hit by a car.

K9 Edo has served the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office for two years.