An Ardmore mother had a bit of a scare Wednesday night and called in the Ardmore Police Department for assistance.
Officer Jared Johnson and Boss, one of APD’s K-9 officers, were dispatched to the 100 block of P Street. The mother reported her children, ages 7, 9 and 11, had been playing in their backyard, but were no longer there, according to dispatch.
APD Sgt. Brice Woolly said Johnson got Boss out to help locate the kids.
“Boss picked up their scent east of house and headed into the woods,” Woolly said. “They crossed a fence and found them playing in the woods.”
Woolly said the children weren’t ‘lost’ but using Boss to track them made finding them easier and quicker.
In Johnson’s words, “it wasn’t a big deal.”
Woolly said their mother was a bit panicked, as one of the children is autistic and she wasn’t sure where they were.
“Boss had a good training run anyway,” Woolly said. Woolly also said K-9 handlers try to use the dogs when they can to keep the dogs excited about coming to work.
“It gives them a job to do and a sense of accomplishment,” Woolly said. “They are like us — they need positive reinforcement to keep them motivated.”