THANK YOU! Missing search and rescue K9 found safe in Ashland

Posted at 2:07 PM, Jan 23, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-23 21:56:47-05

ASHLAND, Va. (WTVR) — A desperate search for a search and rescue group’s missing rescue hound in Hanover County has a happy ending.

Scoobie (Hanover Hounds)

Scoobie (Hanover Hounds)

Officials from Hanover Hounds K9 Search and Rescue said one-year-old Scoobie jumped a six-foot fence and got away Wednesday.

The group posted on its Facebook page that the Black and Tan bloodhound disappeared in the Slash Cottage area of Ashland behind Luck Chevrolet off Route 1.

“Please share this so everyone in this area can be on the lookout for Scoobie… We need to get her home safely,” read a post on the group’s Facebook page. posted the story Thursday afternoon and  asked our Facebook and Twitter followers to help spread the word. And within a few hours, there was good news to report.

“Because of your promptness with putting the story on your web page, we received a call from a lady named Lisa who thought… she had seen Scoobie,” Teresa Parrish with Hanover Hounds Search and Rescue told CBS 6 News.

Parish said the woman thought she had seen Scoobie behind the Howard Johnson’s near a truck stop running the fence line around 7 a.m.

Parish immediately contacted her team and they headed to where the woman said she had seen the dog. Then Lisa called around 5:30 p.m. to report she had seen the hound once more.

Lisa reported that she knew it was Scoobie, but that the dog has run back into the woods.

Parish then instructed the woman to knell down and call Scoobie softly. Once another team member arrived, the dog ran back into the woods. However, once they went into the woods and called the dog, Scoobie ran up to him.

“Because of you our team member was brought back to us and a family was reunited… Now she can continue her training to find and save lives because of your and Lisa’s help,” Parish wrote.

The organization’s mission is to provide Hanover County and the Commonwealth with K-9 search crews to find lost and missing people. Those services are available to law enforcement and Fire/EMS at no cost.

A sincere thank you to all of our friends on Twitter and Facebook who helped spread the word about this story.