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Tino, a search and rescue dog for Useless Bay Sanctuary, successfully completed his first rescue mission by finding a missing dog who is now safely back home.

According to Q13 Fox, a dog named Puppy was nowhere to be found after his owner, Karen James, and her daughter went horseback riding near their home in McCleary, Washington. Puppy tagged along but never returned home.

Puppy's owners decided to reach out to Useless Bay Sanctuary, a nonprofit search and rescue, for help.

That was when Tino came to the save the day.

Video via Q13 News

Tino went off searching for Puppy at 4:30 in the morning on Saturday, July 21st. He found Puppy less than a mile from his home.

Q13 Fox reported that Puppy was stuck in the dense, mud-filled gully for over 40 hours. Rescuers were able to pull Puppy out by using ropes. 

“He could not have gotten out of the mud. We would not have seen him because he was far enough off the trail. And you know there’s miles and miles, acres and acres of wilderness out there to search. We just never would have found him," said Karen James.

This was Tino’s first rescue mission, and it proved to be a happy success. This is sure to be the first of many lives that Tino will save.

Image via Useless Bay Sanctuary

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