K9 Karson is a three year old Belgian Malinois. He is an active duty K9 officer with the Wilmington Police Department.
On December 23, 2014, while his officer was away for the Christmas holidays, Karson escaped in a panic from a boarding facility in Wilmington, Ohio. The search began with law enforcement taking the lead. Approximately, 10 days into the search, Wilmington PD decided they needed professional help. Karin TarQwyn sent Field Agent/K9 Handler Jordina Thorp to help locate and recover the fast moving Malinois.
Over the next 7 weeks, Jordina and Officer Jerry Popp worked full time tracking the roaming canine. Karson was tracked over a hundred miles and it is likely he traveled twice that as he journeyed to the area of Xenia, Ohio where his officer lived. The Wilmington Police Department was unflinching in their determination to recover the K9 member of their law enforcement family.
On February 22, 2015, 61 days after he went missing, a lead was called in of a dog running in a snow covered corn field. Jordina, Officer Popp and Sgt. Fithen surrounded the field and worked a capture and recovery plan for over an hour until Karson was able to recognize his Officer and allow capture. The search was over.
With over 30,000 Facebook followers, the celebration and recognition went on for weeks with Jordina Thorp receiving a commendation from the City Of Wilmington Police Department.
There are literally hundreds of stories about K9 Karson, his journey and recovery.
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" To Jordina Thorp, where do I start? The level of professionalism that you have shown, and the countless hours you have spent with a nervous, OCD police officer cannot be measured.
To Lost Pet Professionals, you are one of a kind. The knowledge and training you put into your company and people goes far beyond anything I have ever seen.
It's been a pleasure to work with your company and a professional like Jordina".
Officer Jerry Popp K9 Handler
Wilmington Police Department
K9 Handler Jordina Thorp receives commendation from the
Wilmington Police Department.