Odie's Back!

The Charles County Sheriff's Office is pleased to report Odie, a Sheriff's Office bomb dog who ran away Dec. 12 from her handler's residence, was located Dec. 17 in good condition.

Athon Rondell Clemons, 21, and Katherine Helene Boyd, 19 - local residents who saw a news report about Odie - found her walking along Poseytown Road in Nanjemoy about 9:45 a.m. They recognized her as the dog that had been missing from the Sheriff's Office and put her on a leash. They notified the Sheriff's Office and Officer Michael Wagner responded and took custody of the dog, who was then returned to her handler, Sgt. Vincent Weaver.

"We are really grateful to Athon and Katherine for finding Odie and promptly notifying the Sheriff's Office so we could return her to Sgt. Weaver," said Charles County Sheriff Frederick E. Davis. "I also want to thank the press for helping us get Odie's picture out to the public because that is ultimately what helped us get her back."

Odie ran into a heavily wooded area behind Sgt. Weaver's residence in Doncaster - presumably to chase a deer - about 10 a.m. Dec. 12 while he was cleaning her kennel. Sheriff's Office and Charles County Animal Control officers who conducted an initial search could not locate her.

Odie is a six-year-old Belgian Malinois trained to detect an array of explosives.

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