Missing Pitt County Sheriff's K9 Found

A missing Pitt County drug dog has been safely found in Goldsboro.

Felix, a 3-year-old male Black Labrador Retriever, disappeared New Years Day in Wayne County. His handler had taken Felix to his parents home for the holiday.

Pitt County Sheriff's Office says authorities got a call Thursday night that the missing dog was with a couple.

Chief James Tripp tells WITN News that apparently Felix followed the man home, and his girlfriend fell in love with the friendly dog and kept him. Tripp says it's unclear whether the couple knew if Felix was in fact a Pitt County drug dog.

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The Pitt County Sheriff's Office says one of its K9 officers has disappeared, and they're asking for the public's help in finding him.

Felix is a 3-year-old neutered male Black Labrador Retriever. He weighs between 70 - 75 pounds, officials say. Felix is very friendly and loves to play fetch.

Officials say Felix was last seen around 12:30 p.m. Friday in the Mar Mac area of Ridge Dr. and Sandhill Dr. in Goldsboro.

The Pitt County Sheriff's Office is asking that anyone who has seen Felix contact them at (252) 830-4141.

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  • by Dartoe Location: Wilmar on Jan 9, 2010 at 07:43 AM
    Hey audra the chip is only like $30. know b/c both my dogs have one, and all someone would have to do (if they were honest) is go to their vet to get scanned or the pound. not too hard or expensive...............
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jan 8, 2010 at 10:02 PM
    Well not only is there nothing saying the dog was allowed to run around loose but, this idea that the dog is dropped off and penned up at the PD is erroneous... These animals are cared for as part of the officer's family - at least I've never heard of it being done any other way. You dont shove them in a kennel and leave them alone at night like a piece of office equipment. The other thing that keeps getting harped on here is chips. Nothing has indicated that the dog doesn't have one. A chip is not a Lojack device or Onstar. It contains information that can be read with the proper device that scans it, same as you would have on a collar tag.. it just can't be slipped off like a collar. I'm sure if James Bond had a dog, he would have some device like some of you are thinking of... but if you want to cry about taxpayer dollars, don't suggest such a thing. You don't want to imagine what it would cost.
  • by Jer Location: Greenville on Jan 8, 2010 at 05:36 PM
    Reply to Mike..maybe I missed something, but where was it reported that the dog was "allowed to run loose"? It seems like you are assuming something here, and might not have all the facts. Honestly, mistakes are made; think of how many dogs are lost each day...this one just made the news b/c of it being a police dog. Don't jump to conclusions so quickly! Many a dog have escaped a leash because it was not attached tight enough, or for whatever reason; in other words...AN HONEST MISTAKE...bet you never made any of those before, huh?
  • by Mike Location: Hubert on Jan 8, 2010 at 02:39 PM
    Why was this dog allowed to run loose to start with? Sounds like someone(it's police trainer/keeper) thought that they would do as they please instead of keeping this dog in a fenced in area or on a leash as the law says! If they really cared about the dog they wouldn't have let it run free. Nice Job!! If I allowed county property to become lost I would be jailed or fined or both! I'm glad this nice doggy didn't get hit by a car while it was on the run because whoever hit the unrestrained dog would be charged with assault on a police offficer and charged with a felony. As for it's handelers,they need to be fined and made to attend classes on how to obey the laws and keep their dogs in check as the law requires. But we all know that since it was a police officer that would be held responsible, there will be NO DISIPLINARY ACTION !!
  • by Justwondering on Jan 8, 2010 at 01:42 PM
    I'm glad this story has a happy ending, however what is going on with the story about the two missing girls from Belhaven? I haven't heard anything else about that. If they are still missing why isn't this all over the news?
  • by booboo on Jan 8, 2010 at 01:40 PM
    Iwould be pretty annoyed if someone found my dog and decided to keep it because it was nice. They could have made an effort to find it's owner. My neighbor's dog got out and another neighbor "doing a good deed" had the humane society get the dog. He could have tried a little harder to find the owner. By the time the owner found out the dog was at the humane society, he was already gone. Keeping someone's pet is painful for them and the dog. If you like the dog, get your own dog! I'm sure that it was obvious that this was not a stray or abandoned dog. They weren't just being nice to the dog.
  • by Whatever on Jan 8, 2010 at 11:40 AM
    My dog isn't a trained K9 dog and he can be tracked by his tags. I would hope Felix had a collar and tags, too. So why didn't the people that found him try to see whom he belonged to? I know why...they wanted to keep him and didn't realize the publicity this would get. I'm glad he's safe.
  • by Diane Location: Washington NC on Jan 8, 2010 at 11:23 AM
    I am so glad to hear Felix has been found - I have been so worried about him - thanks to animal lovers he wasn't in harms way - perhaps the couple who found Felix will take a trip to their local animal shelter and give a homeless pup a good loving home.
  • by Allison Location: Washington on Jan 8, 2010 at 11:19 AM
    A happy ending, wonderful!!! So glad Felix is safe :)
  • by Dartoe Location: Wilmar on Jan 8, 2010 at 11:13 AM
    You would think the County would want to protect him more by putting a microchip in him, it dont cost a lot.

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