Mason City, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are crediting a Mason City police dog with finding a 2-year-old boy who wandered from his family’s rural home and through a wooded area along a creek this week.
The incident happened Tuesday, when the boy’s family reported him and the family dog missing. Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s deputies searched the property and called in a drone to help search for the boy, but it was Mason City K-9 Kilo who tracked the boy along a creek to a neighbor’s property. Police believe the boy was following the family dog when he wandered off.
The boy was found sitting on a cinder block with his dog by his side. He had taken off his wet shoes, socks and coat, but was not in need of medical attention, officials said.