The Wilmington Police K-9 who went missing for 61 days is cleared for duty and headed back to the force.
Karson went through re-certification training this week after chewing through his leash and escaping the Clinton Animal Care Center in December. He was located Feb. 22 in a field just north of Wilmington.
Officers said Karson hasn't missed a beat since his return and that it almost seems as if he never even took that leave of absence.
“It's not like after two months he's going to forget how to smell narcotics or forget how to track,” said Karson's handler Jerry Popp.
Karson will go back to his standard police duties, which include drug detecting and patrolling. He's considered a ‘dual purpose dog' and is the only K-9 unit in Clinton County.
“He's utilized quite a bit with the highway patrol, he's utilized quite a bit with our Clinton County Sheriff's Office. It's not uncommon for him to go to Blanchester, which is about 17 miles down the road,” described a Wilmington police officer.
Karson is expected to remain busy while off-duty with the more than 900 tennis balls Popp says supporter have sent in since the pup's return.