Ohio K-9 Sniffed Out Missing 3-Year-Old In Less Than 10 Minutes, Authorities Say

After a 3-year-old boy was reported missing, K-9 Bandit was taken to the scene and was able to quickly locate him.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt
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A toddler who was reported missing this week was located and reunited with his family after an Ohio K-9 was able to sniff him out in mere minutes, authorities say.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office told the story on their Facebook page: just before 1 p.m. on Tuesday, their office received a call regarding a 3-year-old boy who’d gone missing from his home. Deputy Frank Bleigh and the K-9 Bandit responded to the scene and proceeded to search for the child. After beginning their search at the front of the boy’s home, Bandit was able to pick up the child’s scent and track him, eventually locating him in less than 10 minutes, authorities said.

“This is exactly why we have dog units, watching this track you could tell very well that Bandit had the scent of the child and was well on his way to finding him,” reads a statement from the sheriff’s office. “I would like to thank Frank and Bandit for a job well done and it was so amazing to watch this unfold.”

Authorities have not released the child’s name, or information regarding how long he was missing or what led to his disappearance. The sheriff’s office stated that the young boy was found around a quarter of a mile away from his family’s home, according to Fox News.

The sheriff’s office’s Facebook post about Bandit’s heroic rescue has garnered nearly 8,000 likes and has been shared more than 2,000 times in the two days since it was published.

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