FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — A Fayetteville police officer got an early Christmas present. After being missing for three weeks, Mira the police dog is back home.
"It's like a dream come true. It's like, 'Pinch me.' I can't believe this," said Officer George Blanco, Mira's handler.
In early November, Mira along with Blanco's other dog, Rocky, got out of their pen. Blanco found Rocky right away, but Mira was nowhere to be found. Officers and their families posted signs and searched the area.
"Either I would have found her cadaver or I would have found her, but I would never stop looking for her," Blanco said.
After a three-week search, police said, Mira was found Monday by a man and his 4-year-old son, who went to feed their own dogs. Both found Mira in their yard.
"The little boy had fed the big one first and then went to the little one and when he got to the little one, he fed him and he said, 'Dad, are we going to feed this one too?'" said Sgt. Tracy Campbell, of the Fayetteville Police Department.
Mira lost 15 pounds and needs to regain her weight. Blanco hurt his foot recently and does not plan to be back at work until next year.
Blanco said he thinks someone opened the pen and let out the dogs, but he does not think he will ever be able to figure out who did it.