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Volunteer rescue team tracks down elderly AWOL pug in Rose Hill

Read more: http://www.islandpacket.com/2011/02/09/1541813/volunteer-rescue-team-tracks-down.html#ixzz1DYutMhNQ


 HILTON HEAD MONTHLY magazine article July, 2014



Savannah television video coverage of search in Orlando, FL for Michelle Parker


Island Packet Article 7/21/11


USAR K-9 Will be attending Hilton Head Monthly's Pets on Promenade in Bluffton Sept. 17th, 2011 from 11 AM - 4 PM


Story in the Island Packet regarding search and find of elderly Pug.



Article Featuring USAR K9



Click Here For a Neat Video Done For Us By a Fifth Grader

November 19
Director Fuller teaches class at USCB on K9 Search and Rescue. Students gave such a positive response that course will now be taught every quarter at multiple locations. Course was an informative type session, explaining how K9 SAR dogs are trained and deployed, and personal experiences during searches.
Classes are taught at Osher Lifelong Learning Center


December 13
Girl Scout Troop 368 Presentation

USAR gave a presentation the Girl Scouts of Troop 368.  We explained how SAR dogs are trained, how they are deployed, and all the education the handler has to learn.  We gave them safety tips for use in everyday life, and what to do if lost in the woods. 

Also present was Charlotte Wamser of Friends Of Bluffton Park.  She told how others and herself are raising funds to build a public Bark Park in Bluffton for our canine friends. 

Charlotte also showed how her K9 partner Mona is being trained to work as an assistance dog for her. 

The young ladies asked some really good questions and afterwards they treated us to pizza, Girl Scout cookies, cards, and a gas card to help us in our future missions.  We had a great time with the girls of 368.

The next day, the girls came out to our training site and hid for the K9's.  I think they were disappointed that the dogs found them so fast.  We all had a really great weekend.

Thanks Girls!!


December 23
A call was received at 7pm, woman in tears stated that her young daughter's dog had run out the door and was missing. Daughter was devastated. USAR deployed 2 K9's and Handlers, one team was Chas Perry and K9 Sassy. This was K9 Sassy's first real life tracking scenario.. Sassy tracked missing dog "Disney" to an office area off Hwy. 278 in Bluffton. Track was verified by K9 Dixie.  It was apparent that the missing dog was still in the area, but we were unable to locate. Advised owners to cover the area with missing flyers so that when people came to work in the morning they would see them.

At 8:30am the following morning a phone call was received stating that "Disney" had been picked up and when the person saw the flyer, they called owners and re-united "Disney" with the daughter. K9 Sassy performed flawlessly and it enabled us to give the young lady a really nice Christmas present, the return of her best friend "Disney".  The following evening we returned to meet "missing dog" and to take pictures and as we were leaving the young lady stopped us and gave us each a big hug and a thank you. It doesn't get any better than this. This is why we do what we do.


December 24th
USAR was called and notified of a missing child in Woodlake Villas on Hilton Head Island. USAR had a unit nearby and they were on scene in several minutes. After speaking with Beaufort County Sheriff's Office deputies, a scent article and picture were collected. Phone calls were made to alert available Handlers of call and 4 other K9 teams were responding. K9 Dixie was scented and off she went working the track. Track took Dixie thru complex towards the back area of the housing complex. 5 minutes after starting the track we were able to hand over the missing child to parents and deputies. It was later determined that child was not endangered. Responding units were; Al Conner and K9 Wolfie, Asst. Director Nancy Blanchard and K9 Grady, Terry Smith and K9 Cedar, Chas Perry and K9 Sassy, K9 Handler Gage Angle. Thru teamwork between BCSO and USAR what could have been a tragic event had a happy ending. What a great Christmas present for us, a successful recovery of a missing child! 


Mouy Tang Search


Caylee Anthony Search

The Hilton Head Urban Search And Rescue (USAR) unit was requested by Texas EQUU Search to deploy to Orlando, Florida to search for Caylee AnthonyCaylee Marie Anthony (born August 9, 2005) is an American girl from Orlando, Florida who has been missing since June 2008 and has attracted national attention for the mysterious and dubious circumstances of her disappearance.

Dan Fuller, Director of the USAR Hilton Head Unit deployed Friday night, Nov. 7, 2008 with four other USAR K9 handlers and their dogs for a weekend search in Orlando.  Hilton Head USAR Volunteers deployed with Fuller/K9 Dixie were Nancy Blanchard/K9 Grady, Terry Smith/K9 Cedar, Gage Angle Asst. K9 Handler, and Chas Perry Asst. K9 Handler.




Snake / Gator

On Feb 26, 2008 USAR and Critter Management gave a presentation that was open to the public. Joe Maffo of Critter Management teaches a class to our handlers and we decided to open it to the public to help educate those who live here and recent transplants. Plans are to have further presentations to the public.  Due to many requests, USAR and Critter Management hosted another presentation on Snake and Gator Awareness. In addition to the public we had two gators and a snake in attendance. Interest in this class has been great and we will host more in the future. If your new to the Lowcountry, this is a class you should consider. 


Hilton Head Plantation Kennel Club Presentation

On January 28th, 2009 USAR gave a presentation to the HHPKC. This was our second presentation to the group. We were warmly received and fed very well.  During the presentation we explained how K9s are trained and utilized, talked about some of our experiences while searching, and answered questions by many of the Kennel Clubs members. Following the presentation, members of the club were introduced to K9ís Dixie, Grady, and Sassy.



Latoyia Figueroa Search

Latoyia Figueroa Award Ceremony



Petrone/Imbo Search

Danielle (Ottobre) Imbo / Richard Petrone, Jr.

On 4.16.05 USAR searched areas of the Wharton State Forest in New Jersey in conjunction with
the investigatiion of a missing couple from Philadelphiua, Pennsylvania

Facts at a Glance

Last seen...
  • February 19, 2005 around 11:45 pm Leaving Abilene's Bar, 429 South St, Philadelphia
    and walking to Richard's parked black 2001 Dodge Dakota
Danielle (Ottobre) Imbo
  • White female
  • 5 ft 5 in tall
  • 117 pounds
  • Hazel eyes
  • Brown hair
  • Tattoo of flowers on her lower back
  • Was last seen wearing a black jacket, cream-colored sweater, and jeans
Richard Petrone, Jr.
  • White male
  • 5 ft 9 in tall
  • 200 pounds
  • Blue eyes
  • Brown hair
  • Tattoos: "Angela" on his left arm; clowns on his right arm
  • Was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, jeans, and sneakers
Dodge Dakota Pick-up Truck
  • 2001 model
  • Black
  • PA tags # YFH-2319
  • Has a # 99 NASCAR sticker on the rear windshield
  • Click here for a picture

This "Missing" flyer contains all the vital statistics you need to know to help locate Richard Petrone Jr and Danielle Imbo. Download and print it here.