Our media partners at the San Jose Mercury News report the 16-month-old puppy escaped from its owner's yard in San Jose by digging under a fence.
Police found the dog near a creek bed at Almaden and Branham lane just after 11 a.m. on Sunday.
"We responded and made a perimeter, just in case he ran off," said Sgt. Ricardo Cortes. "His handler responded as well, the dog came to the handler and it was all resolved at that point, the dog is now back with the handler."
Niko went to the vet to get checked out.
The German shepherd has only been with the department for a couple of weeks.
This is an updated photo of K9 Niko just taken. He is going to be checked out, but appears to be in good health. pic.twitter.com/Kga0QKKyqb— Fremont Police Dept (@FremontPD) August 9, 2015
Breaking: K9 Niko has been located! @SanJosePD found him in creek bed near Almaden/Branham. We truly appreciate all of the support!— Fremont Police Dept (@FremontPD) August 9, 2015
Volunteer search and rescue teams assisting in search for K9 Niko. We truly appreciate all the help we are receiving. #BringK9NikoHome— Fremont Police Dept (@FremontPD) August 9, 2015
Niko is a young K9 and his trainer does not believe he will be aggressive. He is dog and people friendly. Please dial 9-1-1 if you see him— Fremont Police Dept (@FremontPD) August 9, 2015