Missing Tenn. six-year-old found safe with ‘hero’ dog

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TALLASSEE, Tenn. (WATE) – Authorities in Blount County say an endangered child missing since Monday night has been found safe along with his dog, which is being described as a hero.

Deputies say Kaydon Leach, 6, was found about a half mile from his home. He was found lying down with his dog, a small black and white terrier. The dog is being hailed a hero by officials. 

Crews had been conducting a full-scale search in a remote part of the county the boy. He had last been seen on Monday night in the area of South Hummingbird Drive in Tallassee, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The boy was taken to Blount Memorial Hospital to be checked out, but deputies would not say if he had been injured.

Blount County Sheriff’s Office conducted a large-scale search operation with multiple agencies. The search was coordinated by the Blount Special Operations Team and included the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, search parties, K-9 teams, members of the BCSO SWAT Team as well as Black Hawk military helicopter. 

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