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Bear is a police dog in Chicago, IL who took off last night when he was startled by thunder during a storm. When the storm...

Horst Hoefinger  |  May 14th 2009


Bear is a police dog in Chicago, IL who took off last night when he was startled by thunder during a storm.

When the storm quieted, King accompanied Bear, “whining and pacing,” out to the back yard of his Southwest Side home to eat and relieve himself around 10:30 p.m.

“He takes one bite, hears rolling thunder – not a bang, crash, boom – and he runs over into a corner of the yard,” King said. “I’m calling. He’s not coming.”

Then, Bear took off, jumping a five-foot fence and running east.

“I don’t know where in the hell this dog has run to,” King said.

Chicago police, including King, spent the night and this morning searching for the 3-year-old, 74-pound, black-and-tan German shepherd.

King said he’s hoping he finds his way back home.

Bear is a newer member of the Chicago Police Department’s canine unit. He is the third canine officer who has lived and worked with King.

“He’s friendly, very good-natured – the new, kinder, gentler police dog,” King said. “He’s all about playing.”

Bear lives with King in the 3800 block of West 109th Street.

If anyone sees Bear, they are asked to call the police at (312) 746-7180.

* Pic of Bear courtesy Chicago Sun-Times