K9 handler shares dog's reaction to finding abducted girl

Published: Sep. 16, 2016 at 10:38 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 17, 2016 at 1:10 AM EDT
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Bane and his handler, NHC Master Deputy Sean Dixon, played an integral part in finding an...
Bane and his handler, NHC Master Deputy Sean Dixon, played an integral part in finding an abducted 6-year-old girl Thursday morning. (Source: WECT)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Bane is a rescue dog for the New Hanover County Sheriff's Department and he has one job.

"I just need him to find people that's it," said Master Deputy Sean Dixon, Bane's handler.

Dixon said it's a job that Bane excels at.

"They're bred for this. He's a single purpose dog. His life goal is to find what I want him to find,"added Dixon.

Yesterday, Dixon wanted him to find something important, an abducted 6-year-old girl. Dixon says Bane tracks based off human smell and used the scent from an extra pair of the girl's clothes to lead the way.

"He started going crazy, getting excited, really pulling," said Dixon.

Bane's nose sensed they were near the little girl. and they found her tied to a tree, but more importantly, she was alive.

"In the background he's over there rolling, flipping out on the ground, throwing pine needles and pine cones, he was extremely happy. He knew what he had done and what he had found," said Dixon.

The little girl Bane helped find came out of the hospital today with a treasured item from Deputy Dixon.

"I found a stuffed animal that looked like Bane and brought it to her. I kind of had to see her again. Everything happened so fast," said Dixon.

And soon enough she will be reunited with the real version of that stuffed animal.

"The father actually requested that we come out cause they want to meet him. She remembered me she remembered who she was and she actually remembered that he was rolling around on the ground behind her," said Dixon.

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