Aug 12, 2014 5:16 PM by Janine Reyes
BEEVILLE -- A Beeville police officer with two years on the force is missing tonight.
Irk is a German shepard who disappeared Friday evening, but as the search intensifies, police think someone may be holding him hostage.
"Irk has actually helped us several times in locating missing people," Police Chief Joe Trevino said.
But now, Irk, a 3-year-old German shepard with extensive police training is missing himself.
He and two other dogs disappeared Friday around 6:30 p.m. "Apparently they chewed through the fence and escaped," Trevino explained. The other two personal dogs turned up in a cemetery near the home where they live within an hour of the escape.
Irk did not.
He cost the police department $3,500, plus training and other resources. But his value exceeds their investment.
"For us he's priceless, of course, I mean he's a member of the handler's family, he really cares about the dog and we care about the dog too but he's priceless and we'd really like to get him back," Trevino added.
While Irk is highly trained to search himself, in his absence the police department did bring in a blood hound to search for Irk, they traced his sent to the cemetary just across the street from his home, but that's where the scent drops off.
"He went around this little wooded area here and then came, actually came through this cemetary right here," Chief Trevino said, describing the bloodhound's trail.
Officers and firefighters went door to door searching for Irk with no luck.
But, as the search moves into day four, Trevino is certain someone picked him up.
"If they are intentionally hiding this dog and intentionally keeping him away from the police department, it could be considered a felony," Trevino warned.
Police don't believe Irk is out running the streets, because they think they would have found him by now.
They're also fairly certain he has not been injured or hit by a car. They really think someone may be holding him inside their home, hoping for a new pet.
Irk weighs about 67 pounds, he is black and tan and was wearing a collar with Beevile City tags. He is also micro chipped.
If Irk is returned voluntarily now, Trevino says there will be no questions asked, but if they have to hunt him down, there could be criminal charges involved.
If you believe you've seen Irk, call the Beeville Police Department at (361) 358-8100. If you want to remain anonymous, you can also call Bee County CrimeStoppers at (361) 362-0206.
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