DANBURY, Conn. — The search for missing State Police K9 Texas, a bloodhound that went missing while working in Danbury, was suspended late Thursday.
"The search for K9 Texas has been suspended for the night and will resume [Friday] morning," Connecticut State Police said. "Thank you to everyone who came out today to help troopers search."
The search for Texas went on all day Thursday after Texas went missing. The bloodhound, a trained Connecticut State Police dog, had pulled away from his handler while they were looking for a missing man in the woods in Danbury on Wednesday night.
At 6 p.m. Wednesday, the Danbury Police Department requested assistance in the search for a missing adult autistic man in the area of Wooster Mountain.
State Police K9 Search and Rescue Teams, CSP Bloodhound Teams and Trooper 1 responded to the area off Sugar Hollow Road near the RIdgefield border to assist in the search.
The missing man was located by K9 Officer Zeus and was safely walked out of the woods, police said.
But during the search, a Connecticut State Police K9 handler conducting a track lost his footing while negotiating steep terrain and lost the 15-foot leash on his dog, police said.
At that time, K9 Texas, a state police bloodhound, was pulling strongly up the slope and continued tracking up the ledge, police said.
When the trooper reached the top of the hill, K9 Texas was not in sight.
The search continued into Thursday evening for K9 Texas, a nonaggressive brown bloodhound, wearing a green tracking vest, police said.
State Police K9 Teams, with the assistance of the Danbury Police and Fire Departments, were leading the search for Texas.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Connecticut State Police Troop A at 203-267-2200.
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