LARKSPUR, Colo. (CBS4) – Douglas County deputies are warning the public to stay away from three police and military trained dogs. The German shepherds disappeared from a private kennel in Larkspur after someone released them.
The dogs are highly trained, but the sheriff’s office says they are not at all killers. They worry that if approached the wrong way by someone the dogs could react aggressively, making finding them a priority for their office.
Amy Gunbil and her husband spend their lives raising and training German shepherds and her dogs are nothing short of family.
“They’re all unique and special in their own way, and the three that are missing are no exception.” Gunbil said.
Gunbil woke up to find more than a dozen of their dogs had been let out of their kennels and were running loose on the property. Ten of them are back at home but three of the more highly-trained are gone.
Investigators with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office worry that the training may be a public safety concern and are actively looking for the dogs.
“They are specifically trained for the military and for law enforcement. Those can be dangerous tools, and so we want to make sure that those dogs get put back with the appropriate owners,” Tony Spurlock with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said.
Gunbil says she can’t be sure but she believes whoever was on her property Friday night knew what they were looking for.
The sheriff’s office says together the three dogs are worth close to $100,000, and the idea that someone went there knowing that is something they’re investigating.
“This is off the road aways, so you would have to know that it was there, and let the dogs out of the kennels, so someone specifically intended to let those dogs go free,” Spurlock said.
The sheriff’s office is asking for everyone to keep any eye out. Gunbil is asking whoever is responsible to bring the dogs home.
“Our hope is that they’re okay that they are being cared for, of course, and that they come back,” she said.
The sheriff’s office says the dogs were being trained and did not belong to any law enforcement agency.
Spurlock said anyone who happens to spot one of the three dogs should not approach them, but instead call the sheriff’s office.