K9 Olive tracked down a missing man much to everyone’s relief, but it would be the start of her handler’s worst nightmare when she went missing herself.
It was while on their way back to their police vehicle that the other dogs started to chase Olive.
Katikati was heartbroken. He and Olive have been partners since 2012 and the two have been awarded “Best Rescue Dog” in the Eastern Cape for three years in a row.
“Olive is my best friend and companion. She is humble and she cannot harm anyone as she is trained in rescuing drowned people, seeking missing people and seeking evidence on other crime scenes. I plead with anyone who sees her to not harm her but rather keep her and report to the police.”
An agonizing three days followed with Katikati and members of the police department searching the rugged mountain terrain for the missing K9.
“The members then assisted her by getting through some bushes,” they added. “She was free from injuries and still full of energy.”
“Her handler, Constable Katikati was present and the member was extremely happy to find his partner alive and well.”
“I couldn’t sleep that night. Sho, sho, sho…The bond I have with that dog…Losing this one felt like losing a child to me.
“I couldn’t hold back the tears when we found her. All that kept me alive over the last few days was the support I’d received from my colleagues and the community.”
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