We don’t like to get too polarizing here but I’m going to go ahead and say it: Dogs are the best.
Thanks to the efforts of trusty police bloodhounds, a 3-year-old boy with autism in Florida is safe and back with his family.
According to the Miami Herald, little Aedric was staying with his grandmother over the weekend when he managed to unlock the deadbolt and wander outside and into the nearby forest “for a little adventure” while grandma was using the restroom.
“The most terrifying words a mother can get on the phone is ‘your child is missing, get home right now,’” Audra Hughes said at a news conference on Monday morning. “And then a couple hours later, the best news I’ve ever heard in my life. ‘We found your kid.’”
The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office had been searching the woods near the Pensacola suburb for about 2 hours before deciding to ‘release the hounds.’
“Once the dog hit the ground, it was 28 minutes until we got the child,” Sheriff Bob Johnson said.
Aedric was found surrounded by briars and mud about 200 yards away, covered in bug bites and scratches but otherwise unharmed. Officers needed to use a machete to reach him but were eventually able to bring him back home safely.
“Great job Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office!” District One Commissioner Sam Parker wrote on Facebook. “Their bloodhounds found a missing 3-year-old autistic boy who was lost in the woods today. Thank you to everyone else that came out to help with this effort.”
I think I speak for everyone when I say a healthy round of head scratches and doggie treats are in order for this adorable hero.