Max was leading his human handler, police constable Peter Lloyd, when he discovered the missing mother and child in a remote area of Powys, a protected area in Wales. Lloyd saw a woman on the edge of a ravine, waving for help, Diafed-Powys police said in a press release.
Inspector Jonathan Rees-Jones said in the release, “The woman had not been seen or spoken for two days, which was out of character and her phone was not working, so naturally her safety concerns were high.”
According to Rees-Jones, the woman’s car was found on a mountain road, so officers knew where to search. However, there was still, “the amount of time he was given to cover a vast area was missing,” he said, according to BBC News.
According to the release, a National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter and a search specialist Bracken Mountain Rescue Team, joined the mission. After an hour and a half, they were found – thanks to Max.
Rees-Jones said the mother and child were safe, but appeared cold and “in the area for a significant time.” According to the release, arrangements were made by the Mountain Rescue Doctor and Ambulance Service to examine the mother and young child.
Rees-Jones said, “I must make a special mention to PC Pete Lloyd and Max, who together have achieved a significant amount of mileage after completing their training on the first day.”
“Despite only getting a license recently, and on his first operational shift, he immediately began searching for an open area,” he said.
According to police, Lloyd joined the Dyfed-Powys Police Dog Section in February. Max, a general-purpose dog, will be used primarily to track and locate people, released to locate abandoned property and track suspects and release suspects.
“I was really pleased that during our first operational deployment as a Dog Team, me and Max were able to safely locate the missing mother and child,” Lloyd said in the release. “Max remained focused in the long search and proved invaluable when he responded to calls for help which resulted in us finding them.”