In the end, Bronco the run-away police dog will be home for Christmas.

Bronco. (Courtesy of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.)

He escaped while he was at a groomer on Friday, prompting the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office to release his photo and an alert asking people to look out for him.

People responded. After receiving several phone calls about a possible sighting, he was located Sunday near Ivandale Road.

“We appreciate the outpouring of support in bringing Bronco back to his handler,” said Loudoun Sheriff Mike Chapman. “The efforts of residents spreading the word through social media and offering to help in the search was overwhelming and we are grateful for those residents who kept an eye out for Bronco and helped bring him home.”