Columbia County Sheriff’s Office K-9 found after going missing in woods for more than 24 hours

K-9 Chaos (Columbia County Sheriff's Office)

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Fla. – The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office announced K-9 Chaos — who went missing in the woods Monday morning — has been found in good health after a citizen spotted him Tuesday morning on SE Pounds Hammock Road.

“A HUGE THANK YOU to the citizen who spotted him and called us!!” Sheriff Mark Hunter wrote. “Also, we would like to thank everyone who helped look for him and shared this information. We are glad to have Chaos back home!”

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office issued a community alert Monday morning, saying multiple units were searching for a missing K-9 in the woods along U.S. 90 East near the Sheriff’s Office Operations Center.

A post just before 8 a.m. on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page explained that the K-9 — named Chaos — had been deployed to track a man who ran into the woods after a pursuit.

The man was apprehended Monday, but Chaos remained missing.

The Sheriff’s Office said they searched the area with UTVs, helicopters and drones equipped with infrared technology, and bloodhounds from the Department of Corrections.

Hunter thanked all the agencies who helped search for Chaos, including the Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Department of Corrections, and Columbia County Fire Rescue.

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