windcrest_K9By Eva Ruth Moravec For Express-News

Rocky, the Windcrest Police Department’s canine that went missing Tuesday afternoon, was safely returned home Thursday.

Rocky’s handler, Officer Adam Lee, said the program director of Lackland AFB’s 341st training squadron, which trains military working dogs, found him — apparently soon after Rocky got out of his kennel in Lee’s backyard near the base around 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The director took Rocky home, believing he was Lackland’s, and it took him about a day to determine all of his dogs were accounted for, Lee said.

Thursday morning, the man saw news reports about the search for Rocky and called Windcrest police dispatch, who shared the news with Lee around 7:30 a.m.

“I can’t even explain how happy I am,” Lee said. “He’s stuck to my hip forever.”

On Wednesday, Windcrest offered a $1,000 reward for the safe return of the 2 1/2-year-old Belgian Malinois. Rocky and Lee have been partners since 2008, when the dual-purpose canine joined the force.