Police K-9 programs can be really expensive and are not offered by many law enforcement agencies. The Powhatan Sheriff’s office is currently facing budgetary challenges, like many departments around the country.
Resources are limited, and officials are tasked with figuring out which programs to keep and which to reduce or eliminate altogether. However, a heroic K9 named Bane earned credit for finding two lost children in the woods of Powhatan, Virginia, just before nightfall on March 23.
Parents and neighbors had valiantly been searching the woods for the children for 45 minutes in the failing daylight when the call was made to the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies (including K-9 Bane) joined the effort in short order.
Within 15 minutes of K-9 Bane entering the woods he was able to track and locate the children. As soon as the children were home safe he was back on patrol eager for the next call for service.
“MAINTAINING A K-9 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,” THE ORGANIZATION EXPLAINED.
“BUT INCIDENTS LIKE LAST NIGHT’S TWO 8 YEAR OLD CHILDREN BEING LOST IN THE WOODS ARE WHY THE SHERIFF KEEPS THE PROGRAM GOING STRONG.”
Earlier that evening, two eight year old children had been playing in the woods, came up missing. With night coming the neighbors and friends that were searching decided they needed more help before it got dark. Forty five minutes had been uselessly spent searching, at this point the Sheriff was called and Bane the K-9 was dispatched.
Deputy Quinn Pasi, Bane’s handler, searched the deeper into the darkening woods with his partner to see if all of Bane’s training had paid off.
It wasn’t long before Pasi got his answer.
“WITHIN 15 MINUTES OF K-9 BANE ENTERING THE WOODS HE WAS ABLE TO TRACK AND LOCATE THE CHILDREN,” THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORTED.
“FINDING A LOST CHILD IS SATISFYING IN AND OF ITSELF, BUT PROFESSIONALLY IT KIND OF REASSURES THE TRAINING AND THE TIME THAT WE PUT INTO THE PROGRAM THAT IT’S ACTUALLY WORKING,” SAID PASI.
“SO THAT’S WHERE I GET A LOT OF THE SATISFACTION FROM BEYOND THE HAPPINESS OF FINDING LOST CHILDREN.”
Chole Reese, 8, told WRIC-TV that she and her friend were playing in the woods when they accidentally went too far and got lost. Chole was grateful that K-9 Officer Bane was there to save the day.
Thank goodness there was a well-trained K-9 named Bane on duty that night.