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German Shepherd rescued by German-speaking animal control officer is reunited with his family

January 30, 2009 |  2:29 pm

K9 The German shepherd rescued earlier this week by Riverside animal control officer Tiffany Fuller, who utilized her knowledge of German commands and background in training search dogs, has been reunited with his owners.

Six-year-old Ziego may have escaped from his owners' yard when the gate was left open by a meter reader. He was reunited with them Thursday afternoon -- an event that Fuller witnessed, driving from her San Bernardino County home on her day off. 

"He's like a little kid," said Brooke Hebenton, one of Ziego's owners, about the well-trained escapee. "He acts like a  puppy. He's playful and loves to run around. We play hide-and-go-seek games in the backyard."

Fuller said of the happy ending, "We always love when we can save a life. It's even more exciting to see an animal get reunited with its loving family."

-- Lindsay Barnett

Photo credit: Riverside Department of Animal Services

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