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Massachusetts State Police use drone team to locate missing dog



Photo courtesy of Scout's owner

According to Massachusetts State Police, yesterday a volunteer member of Missing Dogs Massachusetts inquired if the Massachusetts State Police drone team could assist in looking for a lost dog in Marblehead if the unit was planning on being in the area for any other missions or training exercises.

Scout, a 10-year-old Australian Shepherd mix, had been missing for a week. His owners thought he might be in a marshy area of thick woods and brush near their home. Neighbors had heard what sounded like a dog whining coming from the marsh at night, but multiple volunteer search parties had not been able to find him.

Today, Trooper Brian Doak from the MSP drone team conducted a training mission in Marblehead and took the opportunity to fly over the wooded marsh. The drone’s FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared) camera detected a heat source inside an area thick with brush. Documenting the location, Trooper Doak hacked his way through the thick vegetation toward the heat source, and when he reached the spot the drone had detected, there was Scout, alive and well but unable to get out on his own.

The Massachusetts State Police drone team is utilized for search and rescue missions, as well as for video and photographic documentation of evidence from the air, mapping of crash or crime scenes, and to provide overflight support for tactical missions, such as those involving barricaded suspects or hostages. (The drone unit does not surveil private areas without a court-authorized search warrant.)

Missing Dogs Massachusetts (MDM) is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that works to reunite missing and found dogs with their families. MDM works cooperatively with animal control officers, rescues, shelters, law enforcement, and the media. For more information about them, visit .

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  1. Elaine Cleaves

    October 11, 2020 at 7:40 am

    Hi this is a long shot – there is a missing horse It is imperative she is located before the bad weather sets in – my daughter is an equestrian in CT – Loose horse in Pachaug State Forest. The horse is likely to be scared and may be injured. She is reactive not to be handled by inexperienced people. If sighted, FIRST call 860-884-0110 to report the sighting.
    15hh, grey Arabian mare. Wearing a saddle and no bridle.
    6am Sundaay. She didn’t come home overnight.
    We believe the horse was most likely in the area bounded by 138, 201, Trail 2, Cutoff Rd, and Firetower Rd on Saturdaybut couldhave wandered overnight. Anyone that would like to assist in searching is encouraged to hike trails in that area. There has been a significant amount of logging. It is very likely that she may have attempted to run through the logging areas and be trapped or injured in the down trees. Please concentrate on hiking in/around those areas.
    The rider is out of the hospital.
    Her bridle was found on the blue trail BETWEEN Mount Misery and Lee Road.
    Has been loose sine ~2pm on Saturday.
    If there are ANY sightings, please text or call 860-884-0110. The horse is boarded at our property. Thank you

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