The community of Powhatan, Virginia is singing its praises for a hard-working search and rescue dog who used his nose to track down two missing children. K9 Bane was called into action when parents reported two eight-year-old kids got lost in the woods behind their home. They later learned the kids got lost while playing a "chase game," and they couldn't find their way back to the path. Lucky for them, K9 Bane wasted no time in sniffing them out.
Parents and neighbors joined forces to search the woods, but after 45 minutes, there were no signs of the missing children. With the sun getting ready to set, the Powhatan Sheriff's Office made the call to bring in their best canine backup. Four-year-old Bane has been trained in search and rescue, and he and his handler got to the scene ready to work.
First, Bane searched the house and was introduced to the children's scent. From there, he immediately went into the woods with his nose to the ground. It took only 15 minutes for Bane to lead his human handler directly to the lost children. The children were frightened from being lost, but they were otherwise unharmed.
The entire community, including the children and their parents, are grateful for Bane's efficient work and dedication to his job. Deputy Quinn Pasi of the Powhatan County Sheriff's Office added that while it's always a good day when children are found safe, Bane's actions also proved how essential having a K9 program is for the community.
The sheriff's office said in a statement,
"Maintaining a K9 program is expensive and very time consuming and that is why many agencies the size of the Powhatan Sheriff's Office do not have one. But incidents like last night's two eight-year-old children being lost in the woods are why the Sheriff keeps the program strong."
Bane proved without a doubt that he and his fellow working K9s play an essential role within the community. There's no predicting what could have happened to the children if Bane hadn't found them so quickly. He's being hailed a hero--a title he definitely deserves.
Featured photo via Facebook/Powhatan Sheriff's Office