DANBURY, Ct. – A Connecticut State Police bloodhound has been found alive 36 hours after he was reported missing in the Danbury woods.

The massive search for K9 Texas spanned Wednesday evening to Friday morning and included volunteers on foot and horseback, a police chopper and drone, Connecticut State Police said.

“That dog is one of us, it’s not just a dog,” Capt. David Delvecchia said, according to Fox 61 Hartford.

K9 Texas got loose as he caught the scent of a missing man near Wooster Mountain. Unfortunately, his handler lost his footing on the steep terrain, the station reported.

Another bloodhound eventually located the missing man. But in the meantime, K9 Texas was missing.

“Everyone really came out to help, the community has been pouring in their support,” added Delvechhia.

Homeland Security Special Agent Jeff Kehlenbech found K9 Texas, whose leash had gotten ensnared in a fence near an unoccupied home, three miles away from where he was last seen.

Demonstrating real dedication to K9 Texas, Kehlenbech canceled a trip in order to help look for the dog, state police said.

“I just heard this howling behind me from up the hill,” he said, according to Fox 61. “I searched lakes and ponds for the unfortunate scenario of him falling in.”

K9 Texas was found in good condition, stuck to a fence about three miles away in Ridgefield. Local homeowner Laura Stabelle came upon Kelhlenbech and helped out with the search.

“I looked and he has the dog and leash in his hands and I’m like that’s the dog! I pulled right over where he was waving his arms and I was like get him into a warm car quick,” said Stabelle.

Delvecchia said the safe reunion has made this holiday season that much better.

“It truly is a wish come true for Christmas and it’s just really great to have him home,” he said.

Connecticut State Police were grateful for the help received trying to locate K9 Texas.