Blind Missouri man safe thanks to sharp-nosed dog

Monday, October 8, 2018

HILLSBORO, Mo. (AP) — A missing blind man is safe, thanks to the nose of a 3-year-old black lab mix who sniffed him out. Ruby was part of a weekend search team looking for the man in Hillsboro, Missouri.

The man, who has epilepsy in addition to blindness, was reported missing Friday.

It was another bloodhound named Wally who first found one of the man's shoes in a wooded area on Sunday. With the search area narrowed, Ruby picked up the man's scent and headed to a creek bed, where Ruby's handler, Marla Vollmer, found the man. He was a quarter-mile from his home.

The man was taken in for medical evaluation. There was no immediate word on his condition.

Vollmer is a volunteer with Gateway Search Dogs, a canine searchand-rescue organization. Typically, the search dogs are used on cadaver searches.

"It was really nice to find somebody alive," Vollmer said. "We don't often get the opportunity to do that."

As her reward, Ruby was treated to a freshly cooked chicken breast.

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