Kountze PD K9 "Si" has gone missing.
Law enforcement agencies across the area have joined forces to bring home one of their own. K9 Officer, "Si", a highly trained narcotics dog, who went missing Friday evening from his home in Wallisville.
Si, a pure-bred, black German Shepherd, was certified as an officer only three months ago and has been working with the Kountze Police Department on several drug cases, according to his owner, David McNeeley.
McNeeley acquired Si two years ago when the dog was only eight weeks old. He has spent the past two years living, training and working with the animal.
"He's my family. It's like having one your kid's go missing."
McNeeley and Si reside in Wallisville in Chambers County. He was on vacation with his family and left Si in the care of his father-in-law during his absence. Si was last seen near his kennel after McNeeley's father-in-law left him for a short time.
Si is trained not to wander off and due to the layout of the subdivision and the surrounding area, McNeeley, along with officers of the Chambers County Sheriff's Department, believe he was stolen.
When McNeeley's father-in-law noticed Si missing, he immediately began a search to find the dog. After talking to all surrounding neighbors, it appears that Si was at his kennel one moment and gone the next. No neighbors or people in the nearby area have seen him.
After a local search produced no leads, McNeeley and fellow Chambers County Sheriff's Department Officers expanded the search and took to the media with the hopes of gaining a lead on the dog's disappearance.
"I'm worried but I still have hope that we can bring him home," McNeeley stated.
That hope is coming in the form of citizens around the area keeping their eyes peeled for the solid black German Shepherd. McNeeley stated that just a few nights ago he made a trip to Little York and Interstate 45, after a woman who had seen a local newscast on the missing dog called and stated she thought Si may have been in her yard.
Unfortunately, it was not the same dog and McNeeley is still searching but keeping a hopeful attitude.
Si is specifically trained to take commands from no one but McNeeley and although he is a friendly dog, McNeeley feels that he is probably under a tremendous amount of stress due to the fact that Si is out of his familiar surroundings.
"I am sure he is probably extremely anxious. He has never been away from me. I have walked miles calling his name and Si would climb a mountain to get to me if he could hear me. I need to get him home."
For now, McNeeley's search continues. He will offer a reward if that is what it takes to bring Si home and back serving the citizens of Kountze. Should someone see or have seen Si, please contact the Kountze Police Department at 409-246-2119.