Dementia is a big problem that some seniors have to deal with. It is a type of memory disorder that can affect changes in personality, and it impairs one’s reasoning. In Citrus County, Florida, a woman diagnosed with dementia has gone missing for almost two hours, which made her family and friends really worried.
But luckily, she was found by the amazing detection K9, Ally in less than five minutes. Way back in 2015, a family member helped the dementia patient to create a self-preservation kit for herself. They prepared the kit to help them find her if ever a situation like this occurs in the future.
Good thing they were thinking ahead. The scent-preservation kit worked like a charm. The inventor of the kit, Paul Coley, explained in an interview that 60% of people with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or autism goes missing at least once. So he thought of this device as a solution, targeting those afflicted with these conditions.
It is a jar filled with sterile gauze which was swabbed from the patient’s underarms and it is tightly sealed with tamper-proof tape. With Ally’s powerful sense of smell, locating the patient was a breeze, and she was brought home safely, within minutes.
Ally is one of Citrus County Sherriff’s scent-detection dogs. She went through rigorous training to help the local sheriff’s office track and take down the bad guys, and help everyone feel safer in the community. Even though dogs love their playtime, Ally knows that her duty to protect the people comes first.
Coley hopes that his invention will one day become standard equipment for all K9 units in law enforcement. But it should be noted that the potential missing persons should be the ones to take the first step. For the outstanding service she has done, Ally was rewarded with a sweet cold vanilla ice cream cone. What a good girl!
Credits: Scent Evidence K9