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Forum News Service, Published March 26 2013

Family searching for ailing, retired police dog lost in Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS - A family here is searching for its retired military police dog, who suffers from a serious medical condition.

Nick, a German shepherd that served 7 years in the military, including two tours overseas, has been missing from his home in the 1500 block of Fifth Avenue North area of Grand Forks since late Monday afternoon, according to Jen Maples.

The dog, which is mostly black with lighter brown markings on the chest and face, has a docked tail and a military ID tattoo, J252, on each ear.

He requires medication to ease pain, especially in the hind legs, according to Maples.

“My biggest fear is that he’s lying somewhere and can’t get up,” Maples said this morning.

Nick, about 10 years old, has been living in Grand Forks for about 2.5 years, with Maples and Master Sgt. David Crawley, who is serving at Grand Forks Air Force Base.

He went missing between 5 and 6 p.m. Monday.

Crawley adopted Nick about 3.5 years ago, after the military working dog received a medical deferment, Maples said.

Crawley and Maples contacted Grand Forks Police Department, Circle of Friends Humane Society, and several local media outlets today to spread the work.

“He is a very friendly dog,” she said.

If found, Maples asked that she be contacted at (701) 215-1542.