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Derry residents warned to avoid German shepherd named Rambo that ran away from security dog school

By JAMES A. KIMBLE
Union Leader Correspondent

January 19. 2017 3:22PM

This poster was provided by Derry police. The dog pictured is not runaway "Rambo," but one that is "very similar. (COURTESY)



DERRY — Police are warning residents to not approach a German shepherd named Rambo that has been on the run after undergoing some training as a security dog meant to protect property.

Granite State Dog Recovery said in a Facebook post that Rambo went missing in Plaistow on Jan. 12, and had been seen in the Route 121A and Route 111 area of East Hampstead.

Over the last two days, Derry police have investigated sightings of Rambo in the areas of the Brookstone Complex on Route 111, the Conley’s Grove area and Drew’s Woods.

The last sighting was at 11 a.m. on Thursday along Cemetery Road in Derry.

“Our concern is that even though he has had a little bit of training, he might be inclined to bite somebody,” Derry police Capt. Vern Thomas said on Thursday.

Police and Granite State Dog Recovery are urging residents not to call out or search for Rambo, and to avoid contact with him.

“The dog just arrived to the area and it is very fearful and skittish,” a Granite State Dog Recovery post states.

Thomas noted that Rambo has covered a significant area in a short amount of time.

“He is clearly on the move,” Thomas said.

Police have been able to verify sightings of the dog because he is wearing a distinct-looking collar that appears to have spikes on it.

Thomas said that Rambo may appear to be shy and has run away from people during recent sightings, but residents should not approach the animal.

Due to Rambo’s training, police are worried that he may also bite someone if he feels cornered or is being chased, according to Thomas.

Rambo is a 1-year-old male that weighs about 80 pounds, and has black and tan coloring.

Anyone who sees the dog is being asked to call Derry police at 432-6111 or Granite State Dog Recovery at 855-639-5678.

jkimble@newstote.com


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