An abducted 6-year-old girl has been found safe and unharmed, thanks in part to a K-9 named Fred.

Kinzleigh Reeder [left] Deputy Richard Tidwell with K9 Fred [center] and Nicholas Reeder [right]

The bloodhound was instrumental in finding and saving Kinzleigh Reeder from an abandoned outbuilding in central Tennessee on Friday and guiding police officers to her father, who allegedly abducted her, according to a Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post on Monday.

Kinzleigh had been reported missing since May 26 before Fred was able to accurately pinpoint her location — a small shed with poor ventilation that smelled of ammonia, said DeKalb County Sheriff Patrick Ray, according to WKRN.

The windows of the outbuilding had been boarded with metal, Ray told WKRN, and there was barely any food or water. The father and daughter had also been using a five-gallon bucket as a bathroom, cops said, according to the news station.

Fred sniffed an article of clothing belonging to the girl’s father, Nicholas Reeder, and tracked the scent to a boarded-up shed behind a residence, according to the sheriff’s office. The door was barricaded from the inside, forcing police officers to break it open.

Police officers arrested Kinzleigh’s father on charges of child abuse or neglect. Nicholas Reeder had previously lost custody of his daughter, according to WKRN, and had warrants for custodial interference.

The 6-year-old was taken to the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, according to WKRN.

Meanwhile, Fred enjoyed his reward of chicken and extra pizza crusts for a job well done.



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