K9 police officers are capable of performing tasks that their human colleagues are unable to. Their extraordinary sense of smell has proven useful for a variety of policing operations, including identifying missing or abducted people.
A bloodhound from the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office has been hailed as a hero after locating a missing girl recently. Kinzleigh Reeder, six years old, had been kidnapped by her father, Nicholas Reeder, and officials were worried about her safety. The father was thought to have brought his daughter to a campsite in the Pea Ridge neighborhood, according to authorities.
This presented an ideal situation for utilizing a dog, such as a bloodhound, to locate the duo. The K9 unit was called in, which included Fred, a bloodhound. Fred is the name of a young Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office K9 officer. The one-year-old bloodhound has already completed numerous assignments.
Fred assisted in the search for a missing 13-year-old boy who had run away from home early in his career as a cop. Officers were hopeful that because Fred had been so helpful in a previous instance, he could assist in the search for the abducted girl as well.
Officers handed Fred a piece of clothes that had formerly belonged to Nicholas Reeder. The bloodhound was able to detect his scent as a result of this. Fred then tracked the scent from the man’s house to the Pea Ridge region, where he was thought to be hiding with his kidnapped daughter.
“They went to the house and released Fred,” the sheriff’s office posted on Facebook. “Fred followed a foot route from the house to a burn pile, a truck, and an outbuilding.” “He smelled the door and door knob before sitting down, signaling he had located the parent.”
The officers had to force their way inside because the door to the location was closed and reinforced. They discovered both the suspect and the Kinzleigh when they did so. “We broke into the facility and spotted the suspect and child hiding under blankets hung from a makeshift clothesline in the back of the shed,” said Sgt. James Holloway.
Nicholas Reeder was arrested and accused of child abuse. Fred also met the girl he assisted in rescuing. K9 Deputy Richard Tidwell said, “He licked her face and she gave him a big hug.” Tidwell stated of Fred, “I praised him and loved on him.” “I took the chicken prize from my pocket. As if to say, ‘Look what I’ve done,’ he ate the chicken and wanted to meet other people.”
Excellent effort deserves a commensurate reward, and Fred received exactly that. “When Fred makes a successful search, Tidwell says he gets a prize of chicken to eat. “He got an extra treat of pizza crusts this time,” the department posted on Facebook.
Fred, you worked hard for that chicken and pizza dough feast! You’re a fantastic young man!