Taz, a Santa Rosa police dog, heard the repeated booms and crackles of fireworks Sunday night and probably thought it was gunfire.
That’s when he bolted from his yard and leaped two fences to get to work.
But his partner, Santa Rosa police officer Mike Clark, was with his family at a Fourth of July barbecue and wasn’t there to guide him, a chagrined Clark said Monday.
The four-year-old, 70-pound Belgian Malinois wandered Windsor all night. He ran his paws and nails down and developed a limp before he was found Monday morning and reunited with a grateful and relieved Clark.
The officer also was exhausted as he too wandered Windsor all night, along with several other law enforcement officers and friends, in a painful and unsuccessful search for the valuable dog.
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