Search and Rescue dog goes missing

Written by on February 20, 2018

Police in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, are seeking information regarding the whereabouts of Olive, a Search and Rescue dog who disappeared on Sunday evening.

“Olive went missing after she rescued a 55-year-old man who went missing on Friday, 16 February 2018, when he went to fetch wood at a nearby forest,” said Captain Dineo Koena in a statement.

It is understood that Olive was chased by other dogs as her handler, Constable Songezile Katikati, was approaching his vehicle.

Olive (pictured below) is a black and brown German Shepard with a black leather belt and clock around her neck.


Olive, missing search and rescue dog

Olive, missing search and rescue dog

Olive’s handler is heartbroken by her disappearance.

“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,” said Katikati.

Acting Cluster Commander, Brigadier Nomawethu Makonza says that they have always depended on Olive.

“When we send Constable Katikati and Olive to rescue someone we relax and stay assured that they’ll bring that missing person back to his/her family. It is therefore disturbing news to our Cluster and other Clusters to hear that she is missing. Our members have since been out there searching for her,” said Makonza.

Anyone who has spotted Olive is encouraged to contact Constable Songezile Katikati on 07273101556 or 0835303295.

Any valuable information can also be relayed to the SAPS Crime Stop number at 08600 10111 or Crime Line 32211.



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