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NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – A police dog that ran off after jumping out of a patrol car has been found in northwestern Missouri.

The young Belgian Malinois, named Ty, belongs to the North Kansas City Police Department.

Ty ran away around 4 a.m. Saturday when the officer he works with was investigating a suspicious vehicle and left a door on the patrol car slightly open. WDAF-TV reports a security guard at North Kansas City’s water plant spotted the dog around 12:30 a.m. Monday, less than a mile from where he had last been seen.

Ty was checked by a veterinarian and given a clean bill of health.

North Kansas City police say the 22-month-old dog has been with the department since June and cost about $7,500. He’s still considered a rookie.

Previously written:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - North Kansas City police are still looking for a canine unit that jumped from a patrol car and ran away.

KCTV reports the dog, Ty, was last seen around 4 a.m. Saturday when the officer approached a suspicious vehicle parked behind a building and the dog ran off.

North Kansas City Police Chief Glenn Ladd says Ty has been with the department since June and cost about $7,500, not including the officer’s time. Police believe the animal could be in the woods on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River.

Ladd says anyone who sees the dog should call the police but not get near it because handlers are the only ones who should approach it.

The dog is described as a 22-month-old Belgian Malinois, which resembles a German shepherd.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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