While the German shepherd Rumor was being crowned the top dog at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York Tuesday night (Feb. 14), police dog Freya was winning accolades of her own on the North Shore. The Bavarian mountain hound, a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office canine that specializes in finding lost children, located a missing 14-year-old autistic child in the woods near Lacombe.
Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence after the child went missing. The deputies canvassed the area but could not find the child, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Freya and her handler, deputy Ron Olivier, were called to the scene. After taking the scent of the missing child’s clothing at her home, Freya began her searching. Within 20 minutes, the police dog found the missing child curled up and hiding in a wooded area, authorities said.
The youth, although scared, was in good health. The entire search lasted about …