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Police K9 Bloodhound Finds Special Needs Child Lost In The Woods

December 29, 2014  |  Posted by: JammedUp
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A police bloodhound who found a missing boy is getting high praise by one grateful family, whose 9-year-old son wandered a little too far in a game of hide and seek Saturday morning. Thanks to the newest member of the Seminole County police squad, this 9-year-old boy with special needs is home safe today.

Image courtesy of baynews9.com

Image courtesy of baynews9.com

Writes the Orlando Sentinel on Dec. 28: “Two years ago, she was a puppy without a name. Now the bloodhound named Amber is winning praise for helping track down a 9-year-old boy with special needs in Seminole County.”

Young Vince Spears lives with his mother near State Road 46 and Lake Mary Boulevard, just east of Sanford. When the boy, who has Down Syndrome, wandered off into the heavily wooded area, mom Stephanie Spears panicked.

“Just panic, because we know what’s back there in the woods. There’s a lot of water, there are snakes, there are all kinds of dangerous things that he has no concept of,” Spears said. “He’s 9 years old, but because of the Down syndrome, cognitively he’s closer to maybe 3 years old. So, he doesn’t have any understanding of dangerous things like that, and he doesn’t have an understanding of the fact that he can walk somewhere and not be able to find his way back.”

Deputies said Amber, a two-year-old bloodhound, recently completed her training and was ecstatic to find the boy. Amber, following the scent trail introduced to her by the boy’s clothes, found Vince over a mile and a half away from his home.

“The child had been missing for approximately one hour,” the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “He was reunited with his family shortly after he was brought out of the woods. We are very thankful for Amber’s keen tracking skills that helped her locate this little boy and reunite him with this family.”

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