Despite inclement weather due to the tropical storm, Mercy was able to track the girl "for more than half a mile through thick woods," the sheriff's department said.

By Katie Campione
July 12, 2021
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Sheriff's Dog Helps Locate Girl Who Went Missing During Tropical Storm Elsa
Credit: Lee County Sheriff's Office/ Facebook

A Florida sheriff's canine helped reunite a girl with her family after she went missing during Tropical Storm Elsa.

The 12-year-old girl was reported missing Tuesday night in Lee County, according to the sheriff's department.

Sheriff Carmine Marceno deployed his ReUnite program — a search and rescue operation for at-risk individuals — and, along with it, a K9 Officer named Mercy.

Despite inclement weather due to the tropical storm, Mercy was able to track the girl "for more than half a mile through thick woods," the sheriff's department said.

"Thankfully, Mercy found her and brought her safely back home to her family."

Hundreds of people flooded the comments section of the sheriff's Facebook post about the rescue, praising Mercy for a job well done.

"You deserve a lot of treats for working so hard," one commenter wrote.

Another said: "You're an awesome K-9 Police Officer Mercy! Thank you for your service. Great job!"

Mercy is a scent-discriminate bloodhound. She graduated from training with her human partner in July 2020, according to the Fort Meyers News-Press.

This story originally appeared on people.com