A proud K-9 named Bane has been credited with finding two lost children in the woods of Powhatan, Virginia, shortly before nightfall on March 23.
As K-9 Bane sat proudly on top of a patrol car after a successful search for two 8-year-old children, the Powhatan Sheriff’s Office validated just how indispensable the K-9 program is to the residents they serve.
The Powhatan Sheriff’s Office faces budgetary obstacles just like any other law enforcement agency in the country. Resources are finite, and officials are tasked with deciding which programs to keep and which to minimize, or eliminate.
Of the many budget line-items that Powhatan officials oversee, the K-9 program is one they are proudly committed to keep.
“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.”
As dusk fell over the town, two 8-year-old children who had been playing in the woods were nowhere to be found. Parents and neighbors came together to search for the kids, but after 45 minutes, they knew they were no match for the impending nightfall.
When the sheriff’s office got the call, they sent K-9 Bane along with deputies to try and locate the children.
Deputy Quinn Pasi, Bane’s handler, walked into the darkening woods with his K-9, eager to find out if all of Bane’s training had paid off.
It was not 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.
Both kids were unharmed and returned safely home.
Chloe Reese, 8, told WRIC-TV that she and a friend had been playing in the woods when they inadvertently went too far and got lost. Chloe was thankful that K-9 Bane came to help.
“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.”