buck460XVR, where do you live?
Wyoming law (W.S. 11-31-301) spells out that any dog at large is a public nuisance. Thew owner can be fined and the dog can be shot.
I have had dogs escape and it isn't a good feeling. I am glad the OP got his dog back and it is OK, I am sure he didn't need the worry it was causing his family. His deployment is more than enough worry for them already.
That being said, I strongly feel that a dog owner has the responsibility to keep his animal at home at ALL TIMES! (I have been guilty of breaking this rule before), but I would never have thought to blame anyone else for my negligence.
Glad it all worked out.