Union County Hound Tracks Stray Boy With Autism, Brings Him Home

Deputy Sheriff B. Belk with his dog Remi; Credit: Union County Sheriff’s Office

UNION COUNTY, N.C. (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — The Union County Sheriff’s Office is praising one of its K9s for bringing a lost child home.

Over the weekend, a resident called 911 to report seeing a child walking alone on Waxhaw Indian Trail Road.

When officers arrived, they tried to determine where the child’s home was, but were unsuccessful because he was autistic and non-verbal.

Bloodhound “Remi” attempted to trace the boy from where he was found. Remi used the scents from the boy’s forearms and neck to trace the boy.

Remi and deputies were able to follow the trail about 0.5 miles before finding the child’s home in a nearby neighborhood, authorities said.

The boy was reunited with his family and officers determined there was no criminal wrongdoing because the boy had left the house secretly without alerting his parents. The sheriff’s office said officers gave the family helpful tips on how to prevent this incident from happening again.