Cabarrus County K-9 Deputy Who Ran Away During July 4th Fireworks Found Safe

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The Cabarrus County Sheriff’s office says Igor, the missing K-9 officer, has been found safe.

Officials say a tip called in around 6:45 a.m. Monday morning led deputies to K-9 Igor at 284 Executive Park Drive in Concord.

After K-9 Igor’s identity was confirmed, he was taken to the veterinarian for a physical evaluation and did not show signs of distress or injury.

“We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the public for their vigilance and outpouring of support throughout this ordeal,” said Cabarrus County Sheriff Van Shaw. “We’re glad to have Igor back.”

The sheriff’s office says they expect K-9 Igor to return to duty after a respite.


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KANNAPOLIS, NC — The Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office is trying to find one of their K-9’s that reportedly ran off after being startled by noise from nearby fireworks Thursday night.

Deputies say K-9 Igor was taken out to use the bathroom around 9:45 p.m. in the area of Oregon Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. Igor was not on a lead, which officials say is not uncommon for the handler.

While outside, Igor was reportedly startled by fireworks going off nearby and ran away. The handler was not able to call Igor back using verbal commands, deputies say.

The CCSO says Igor is a Belgian Malinois that is trained in explosive detection. He is not trained for any other purpose, nor is he trained to bite.

Officials say the usual precautions for any animal should be observed, however, when trying to approach Igor.

He was last seen wearing a silver chain collar and is microchipped.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office at 704-920-3000 or your local law enforcement agency.