Sheriff's K9 Officer Helps Locate 12-Year-Old Girl Who Went Missing During Tropical Storm Elsa
A Florida sheriff's canine helped reunite a girl with her family after she went missing during Tropical Storm Elsa.
The 12-year-old girl was reported missing Tuesday night in Lee County, according to the sheriff's department.
Sheriff Carmine Marceno deployed his ReUnite program — a search and rescue operation for at-risk individuals — and, along with it, a K9 Officer named Mercy.
Despite inclement weather due to the tropical storm, Mercy was able to track the girl "for more than half a mile through thick woods," the sheriff's department said.
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"Thankfully, Mercy found her and brought her safely back home to her family."
Hundreds of people flooded the comments section of the sheriff's Facebook post about the rescue, praising Mercy for a job well done.
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"You deserve a lot of treats for working so hard," one commenter wrote.
Another said: "You're an awesome K-9 Police Officer Mercy! Thank you for your service. Great job!"