An unnamed woman with dementia was reported missing Monday night. She was gone for two hours, but an odd item in her home helped a dog find her within five minutes.
And the Florida sheriff’s office wants that odd item to become more mainstream for that exact reason.
The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a missing and endangered woman who had dementia who had been missing for about two hours, according to a Facebook post.
When deputies arrived, they found her scent preservation kit, which she had completed two and a half years ago. A scent preservation kit involves the person wiping a pad against their armpit and then putting it in a specialized jar to hold the scent.
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That kit allowed the canine, Ally, to find the woman within five minutes, according to the sheriff’s office.
“The woman was returned home safely and K9 Ally was rewarded with a special treat, a tasty vanilla ice cream cone,” the Facebook post said.
The sheriff’s office said they “hope” more people will get scent preservation kits. The kits are available online and include a specialized jar, sterile gauze pad, label, tamper proof tape and detailed instructions.
The kits are recommended for anyone with dementia, autism, Alzheimer’s or similar conditions.