Police K9 dogs are an invaluable part of any police department. They are able to use their incredible instincts to do things humans can’t, like using their sense of smell to track people down.
It’s an ability that can save lives, bringing missing persons home before it is too late. That was the case recently, after one search dog saved a 76-year-old woman with dementia who was lost in the woods.
According to the North Port Police Department, in Florida, a 76-year-old woman named Marie Ginette Saint Hubert was missing for 20 hours.
Police searched by air and ground, but ultimately it was a K9 bloodhound named Cooper and his handler DFC Steven Sella, from the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, who saved the day.
K9 Cooper led a search through thick brush in the woods, successfully locating the missing woman, who was reportedly disoriented.
Locating the senior woman was especially important, as she reportedly is starting to suffer from dementia.
“It appears she is in the early stages of dementia issues,” North Port Police Department PIO Josh Taylor told Fox News Digital. “Thankfully, she did not appear to have any injuries which were serious or life-threatening.”
“Without these actions we may have had a much different story,” North Port Police Department wrote on Facebook. “She is currently in good hands with medical personnel.”
Cooper and his handler were praised as heroes for helping to save the woman.
“Way to go DFC Sella and K9 Copper! Way to pull through until you found her!” Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook.
Thank you to K9 Cooper for finding this missing woman in time! You’re a true hero.