By Steve Neavling
A Border Patrol canine that went missing during a tracking operation in Arizona on Feb. 20 has not been found.
Dunja, a dog used by the Tucson Sector Border Patrol, was separated from his handler during an operation on the Tohono O’odham Nation near Papago Farms, Tucson News Now reports.
Agents continue to search for Dunja, who is 4 years old and has worked with the Border Patrol since August 2016.
The Tucson Sector has more than 100 canines.
The dogs can fetch up to $10,000 because they are already trained.
“They do go through several weeks of training,” said Daniel Hernandez, spokesman with the Tucson sector. “The canines become a team within the agent and they spend a very long time together as a partner. Conducting all kinds of simulations at the training facility. So there is a huge bond between the canine and the handler.”
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