By Jennifer Gallus
UPDATE: Felony has been found deceased. A news release will follow.
HOWARD LAKE, MN About two weeks ago, the Howard Lake Police Department’s K-9 officer, Felony, escaped his kennel.
Felony is the second drug sniffing K-9 the department has ever had, and has been with the police department since 2002.
Felony is an 11-year-old black Lab with a graying face due to age. He has a collar with a Howard Lake tag and a Cokato vet clinic tag.
“We are eager to get him back,” Howard Lake Police Chief Tracy Vetruba said. “Especially the night officers, who work with him on a regular basis.”
Felony started his law enforcement career in Ortonville in 2000, and then went to Hector in 2002, according to the Howard Lake Police Department.
The police department bought Felony in December 2002, and he’s been a member of the force since that time.
Felony has been instrumental in seizing vehicles, drugs, and cash in excess of $25,000 since the beginning of his career. He has more than paid for himself, and is well known by the citizens and children in the community, according to the police department.
The police department is considering offering a reward.
“We just want him back,” Vetruba added.
Any information about Felony’s disappearance or location can be directed to the Howard Lake Police Department at (320) 543-3670, Ext. 4.