Massachusetts police K9 on unsuccessful chase for more than 2 miles to find lost 12-year-old in freezing cold
A Massachusetts police K9 followed its nose to help find a 12-year-old boy who went missing in freezing temperatures last week, tracking the child’s scent for more than two miles, authorities said. .
K9 Biza, a female German shepherd, was called to assist after officers learned the child left the home around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday and was last seen in the Pakachoag Hill area of Auburn, the Auburn Police Department said. .
The child had left home without a cell phone or their mother’s permission, the Worcester Telegram and Gazette reported.
Because of the freezing temperatures, police said officers, detectives and Massachusetts state police troopers converged on the area to find the missing child.
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K9 Biza and her handler, Auburn Police Officer David Ljunggren, were sent in, and the dog eventually picked up a scent.
Biza followed the scent for more than two miles and led officers to an area where they found evidence that the missing youth had passed some time before. Additional officers converged on the area and located the child a short time later.
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The child was safe and reunited with their family.
“Biza is a good dog,” Deputy Chief Richard Mills told the newspaper.
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Biza joined the police department in 2022. The dog has her own Instagram account and was chosen as “Miss December” in the 2024 Massachusetts Vest-A-Dog calendar.