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A German shepherd used to keep prison inmates in line escaped from his handler’s home Thursday night and ended up at the Beverly Golf and Tennis Club.

The Boston Herald reported that the dog, named Urek was found Friday morning “hanging around the veranda,” according to the club manager. “He was a pretty ominous-looking character,” she said. “I assume he had tags, but no one wanted to get close enough to look.”

Urek, trained employed by the Essex County Sheriff’s Department to attack on command, harmed no one.

A spokesman said Urek and his handler, K-9 officer Sgt. Mark O’Brien, are no longer partners — at least until an investigation into how the dog broke out is completed.

O’Brien notified area police when he discovered the dog missing. The sheriff’s department located him at the golf course less than a mile from his home.

I’m guessing that, alas, poor Urek just wanted a change of scenery.


Comment from bluhawkk
Time October 1, 2008 at 11:35 am

What’s the big deal. Even a dog needs a break from prision…..

Comment from Anne-n-Spencer
Time October 1, 2008 at 8:47 pm

Urek’s performing a great service for the community. I think the country club should offer him a special membership, or at least frequent guest privileges. And maybe one of those expensive knit shirts–his could have a little patch in the shape of a human embroidered on it.

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