When an Elderly Woman disappeared from her upstate New York nursing home, caretakers became worried. They became increasingly worried when they found her key, phone, and purse which were all still at the complex.
The mysterious disappearance of the woman was reported to the police by the woman’s daughter who called them the next afternoon. By then, she had been missing for hours.
The police immediately put one of their best assets on the case; K-9 Maverick, an officer specially trained to sniff out explosives, narcotics, and people.
Sure enough, a 5-year-old German shepherd quickly found the missing woman, who’d apparently wandered away from her senior home complex and into the nearby forest.
“Within 10 minutes Maverick pulled me over. He smelled her and we found her laying on the ground in the woods.”Officer Teufel told Newsday.
The patient was awake and unhurt, although slightly disoriented, and dehydrated, after this traumatic ordeal.
She also told officers she spent the whole night stranded by herself in the woods, which must have been terrifying.
“She said she was lying there all night. She fell down and was unable to get up.”K-9 Maverick’s handler said.
Back at the station, K9 Maverick was widely applauded for his life-saving rescue, which was apparently the dog’s second recovery of a missing elderly patient.
Just a month earlier, the 5-year-old German Shepherd had been charged with finding an 82-year-old dementia patient who’d been missing for roughly 8 hours.
“After an hour and a half, Maverick picked up his scent, and they were able to bring the man to safety,”officers explained on Facebook.
“He’s a great partner,” Officer Teufel said of K-9 Maverick, whose human colleagues have started calling him the “employee of the summer” following his latest rescue.
“I’ll make sure he gets a good treat tonight.”