Sheriff’s K9 Team Finds Autistic Teen

Modified: April 6, 2016 9:45am


Buffalo, NY – Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports that an Erie County Sheriff’s Office K9 team was called to assist in tracking an autistic teen that fled a vehicle which was stopped on the side of the road.

Deputy Lundberg and his partner Haso were dispatched to Aldrich Road in the Town of Collins Sunday morning where a vehicle was forced to pull over to the side of the road.  While the vehicle was stopped, the teen exited and ran into the adjacent woods.

Deputy Lundberg and Haso began their track at 10:58 a.m. and at 11:04 a.m. the team located the teen and returned the individual to family members.  The teen was safe and in good health.

Deputy Lundberg and Haso graduated from canine handler training on February 5 and have achieved certification for tracking and narcotics detection.

Deputy Lundberg is a two-year veteran of law enforcement and has been with the Erie County Sheriff’s Office since August 2014.  Haso is an 18-month-old German shepherd and officially joined the sheriff’s office in December 2015.