Police K9 finds missing mom and baby in ravine on his very first shift

Can you still remember your first day at work? How was it? Did you feel nervous about what it’s going to be like? Did you mess up right away or nail it by doing things right the first time?

It must’ve been nerve-wracking, right?

But don’t blame yourself if you ever felt that way because that’s just normal.

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Now, imagine all that, but only do it from a dog’s perspective.

Max is not just a dog- he is a hero dog!

It was Max’s first day on the job in Powys, Wales when it became the most epic first day on the job ever. Alongside his handler, PC Peter Lloyd of the Dyfed-Powys police force, his first task involved finding a missing woman.

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They received a call about the missing woman and Max’s skills were put to the test.

The 2-year-old German Shepard set to work on his first shift, trying hard to track down the woman and her 1-year-old child. There was a lot of ground to cover to reach them but Max proved to be up to the task.

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“The woman had not been seen or spoken to for two days, which was out of character, and her phone wasn’t working, so naturally concern for her safety was high,” said the inspector on the case, Jonathan Rees-Jones.

In his statement he continued:

“Thanks to excellent work between teams, the woman’s car was quickly found on a mountain road. Although this gave officers a location to search from, there was still a vast area to cover given the amount of time she had been missing.”

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It’s time for amazing Max to show his skills as a police dog.

Since the police had a starting point, it was easy for Max to take it from there. Even though he had only recently been licensed, his tracking skills set to work as he commenced on a huge open area search with his handler.

There was a lot of support from different forms of search and rescue, but it came down to Max’s nose, which helped spot the mother and baby waving for help in a ravine.

Brecon Mountain Rescue, an NPAS helicopter, and various other resources aided in the search, but it all came down to Max in the end.

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“After an hour and a half of searching, the mom and baby were found safe… but cold.” Rees Jones said.

The two were checked out by paramedics as soon as possible and have since made a complete recovery.

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“This was a fantastic coordinated effort from everyone involved, I must give a special mention to PC Pete Lloyd and Max, who on their very first day since completing training together covered a significant amount of milage in the search, eventually locating them safe.” the inspector said of his successful team.

This story simply shows the unparalleled search and rescue skills of dogs like Max. All of the hard work in his training has finally paid off, he’s able to rescue a mother and her child on his very first day at work.

Case closed! Way to go Max!

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Source: goodnewsnetwork.com, YouTube/Animal Hero Awards