For members of the animal rescue and adoption community, an article about rescue almost always means that a person or group has rescued a pet. But Sunday the headlines reversed when a skilled bloodhound named Dixie, a member of the highly ranked K-9 unit managed by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department, was able to locate a runaway teenager.
According to an article on WISTV, Dixie was called to the rescue when a teenager got into an argument with her mom while stopped at a rest area on Interstate I85 in Anderson County.
Things must not have been going the way the teenager liked and she ran off into the woods. Law Enforcement was called to help find the teen. More than thirty people joined in the search, but it was Dixie was located the teen hiding in the woods about an hour later.
Reports are that this is the first runaway that Dixie has found, but her skills and those of the other members of the K-9 unit are called upon quite regularly.
According to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page, the CATCH (Criminal Apprehension Through Community Help) Team K-9 Unit successfully completed a wide range of certification courses two years ago.
The Facebook page states:
Deputy Brandon Surratt with K-9 partner Hyco and Deputy Sean Proner with K-9 partner Gizmo completed APCA’s level III certification recognizing both sets of partners as some of the top certified units in the nation. Out of sixteen of the highest certified K-9’s and their handlers nationwide, Anderson County Sheriff’s Office has two of them.
It is not surprising to hear of their success given the level of training that the Anderson County K-9 units have received.
Dog rescues person may become more common with such highly skilled K-9 officers on the beat.