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Woman With Dementia Goes Missing, But Police K9 Uses This 1 Thing To Locate Her In Minutes.

K9 officers rely on scent to do their jobs well. But when there isn’t a reliable item to smell for a purified version of a person’s scent, it makes their task that much harder.

Luckily, that wasn’t the case when K9 Ally was called to help out with a Florida missing person case earlier this week. The bloodhound was able to find an unnamed woman who suffers from dementia in just five minutes because of a very special kit.

When Ally, a K9 officer with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, was called to the scene, the family showed her this little jar with gauze in it.


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The gauze pad was part of the scent-preservation kit the woman’s family had the foresight to purchase more than two years earlier. The kits usually include a jar that can be sealed, a sterile gauze pad, and label. Human scents are captured by swabbing the gauze across the armpits and sealing it in the jar.


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Once Ally got a whiff of the gauze, she set off with her partner and located the woman!


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Bloodhounds have roughly 300 million scent receptors, the most of any dog breed, and are often used by law-enforcement agencies searching for missing persons. They typically follow scents left on clothing or other items the missing person recently touched, but scent-preservation kits prevent the smell from being contaminated with other odors.

Additionally, scents captured with the kits can be preserved for up to seven years.


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You can purchase these kits, or create one of your own with a sterile, airtight container and piece of gauze.

The best part about a job well done for Ally? Her sweet, sweet reward!


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Share to spread awareness about these kits and how they can save your loved ones!