When a 16-year-old girl went missing from her home in Rancho Cucamonga, California, Deja the Bloodhound was called to the rescue.
As part of a working team of search and rescue K9s based in San Bernadino, California, Deja the Bloodhound has been trained to use her powerful nose to sniff out both objects and people.
In the early morning of July 26, her skill was put to a life or death test when a 16-year-old girl was taken from her home around three in the morning. The Rancho Cucamonga Police Department initiated a search through nearby mountains. After a witness saw the girl being taken into the woods by an unknown man, Deja was called in.
Deja, along with her San Bernardino County Sheriff's Twin Peaks Station handler, arrived at the scene to lead the search. The girl's purse was found in an area near her home, and then deputies spotted drag marks in the dirt.
After catching the girl's scent, Deja lead her handler and the other officials into the woods. The Bloodhound caught the trail and followed it through a wooded area until she reached a house. The scent trail lead Deja right to the front door where the Bloodhound refused to leave.
Refusing to leave the doorstep was Deja's way of telling police that she had done her job. When police entered the home, they found both the victim and the kidnapper.
The girl was found unharmed and was immediately reunited with her mother. The perpetrator was arrested for kidnapping.
The capability of the canine olfactory system has long since been renowned for its invaluable use in search and rescue. Thanks to Deja and working search and rescue K9s like her, thousands of victims have been reunited with their families.
In California, both the girl's family and the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department are rightfully calling Deja a hero for her persistent and heroic actions.