Search and Rescue Dog Finds Teen After They Went Missing | 22 Words

Tango the search and rescue dog helped find a seventeen-year-old just 3 hours after they went missing.

Tango, who is trained to help their handler find missing people, helped South Dakota's Pennington County Sheriff's Office find the missing person.

The teenager was first reported as missing on Saturday evening at around 6 pm.

A search to look for the teen began at the Pactola Reservoir with the Pennington County Sheriff's Office, Pennington County Search and Rescue K-9 Team, the U.S. Forest Service, and South Dakota's Game, Fish, and Parks Department involved.

Despite many people looking for hours, it was Tango who eventually found the teen. As a trained canine with the Pennington County Search and Rescue K-9 Team, Tango led those searching to the teen.

The news of Tango's help was shared on Facebook by the Pennington County Sheriff's Office.

Explaining the situation, they wrote: "Around 6:00 pm Saturday evening, a seventeen-year-old was reported missing from an area south of Pactola Reservoir along Highway 385. Pennington County Search and Rescue K-9 Team was later called on to assist law enforcement officers from Pennington County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Forest Service, and South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks in locating the missing teen. Search dog 'Tango' was deployed from the area the teen was last seen, and was able to lead searchers to the missing teen who was found safe and unharmed around 9:30 pm and reunited with family."


The post received a big response with many praising Tangos efforts.

"Thank you to the first responders and especially Tango. So glad she was found safe," one person wrote.

"So nice to hear some good news! Our rescue teams are the best.. Tango you are one awesome dog!" said another.

Tango's handler, Tiana Schuster, spoke to Newsweek and said: "This is what we train for - lots of hard work. With Tango, it was 8 years in the making, and we absolutely love what we do. We are glad to be a resource that can be used and helpful in circumstances like this."

The Pennington County Sheriff's Office also told Newsweek: "An out-of-state family was vacationing in the Black Hills. There was some sort of dispute and the teen voluntarily left the family and was hiding.

"Law Enforcement spent many hours looking for the seventeen-year-old including launching a drone. Pennington County Search and Rescue finally sent out Tiana Shuster and her dog Tango. She said the boy was very well hidden but the dog apparently let them right to the teen."

Well done, Tango!