The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said one of their canines located a man, who had to be hospitalized, in a wooded area Friday after he went missing from a shopping center near Deerfield.
Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Kevin Gayer and Canine Axel were called to assist in a missing person search Friday evening.
A highly intoxicated man walked away from a shopping complex in unincorporated Deerfield.
His loved ones were concerned for his safety because of his level of intoxication, the sheriff’s office said.
Axel began conducting a track and located the man in a heavily wooded area nearby.
Paramedics were called to the area of the Extra Space Storage, 991 Milwaukee Avenue in unincorporated Deerfield, to evaluate the man around 10:30 p.m.
He was transported to a hospital because of his alcohol level, the sheriff’s office said.
Axel joined the sheriff’s office last year after completing his eight-week training at TOPS Kennel in Grayslake in June 2022.
Last week, Lake County Sheriff’s Office Canine Zeus assisted a local police department in searching for a missing boy.
The child, who has special needs, was located quickly after Zeus tracked him down on August 25.