Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Missing Police K9 Dog In Michigan - Find Bane

Michigan State Police are searching for a lost colleague: K9 cop named "Bane" (a mostly black German Shepherd Dog).

You can help! Read this article for more information: http://www.clickondetroit.com/family/25855893/detail.html

Check this new web site: http://www.findbane.com/ You can read updates, and find links to the Find Bane Facebook page and make donations for the reward (which is now at $2,500).

Bane is lost in the area of Ocqueoc, in Presque Isle County in the northeastern area of Michigan's lower peninsula. It's a heavily wooded area. Bane is a search-and-rescue/tracking dog, that is said to be a gentle dog that can easily be approached.

The following was posted today on "Fine Bane" Facebook page:

The Facts:

by Find Bane on Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 5:24pm
 Due to the HUGE number of people visiting this page.......thanks to all........I am going to post this note to let the folks that join late know the scoop.

On 11/13/10 I was searching a tag alder swamp with Bane.  We were searching for a missing dementia patient that had gone missing back in August.

At around 2pm I gave Bane a rest.  We went back to my patrol car, he got some water and about fifteen minutes to cool off.

At 2:15 we went back out searching.  After about five minutes he was tangeled up in the tags.  (I had him on a 20 ft tracking lead)

I dropped the lead to untangle him.  About the time I got him free, a deer that had been bedded and was less than five yards from me jumped up and ran directly in front of Bane.

Bane gave chase.  He was out of sight in about a second and I have not seen him since.

I am confident he is not caught up in the woods.  The lead is made of nylon.  He has eaten them in the past, just for fun.  In addition, I had him on the 'dead ring' of the check chain.  This means that it is not able to tighten around his neck and he can slip his head out of it.  He has done this numerous times in the past so it is not a concern to me.

We have searched a huge area, including using some of our other canine teams, a departmental helicoptor (with thermal imaging) and two fixed wing aircraft.

We have handed out flyers in a thirty mile radius around where he was last seen.

We had two possible sightings of him on 11/15/10 approximately 8 miles south of where I lost him.

I am asking that if anyone responds to search the area, please stay in your cars until after the firearm deer season.  It is simply to risky to be in the woods with all of the guns out there.

The news media has been great, but the more publicity we have, the better chance we have of getting him back.

1 comment:

  1. Geez, I hope he's found and returned. Someone might just like having a well trained dog... :-(


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