Family Dog in Louisiana Leads Officers to Lost Child’s Home

By Calcasieu Staff
Published May 15, 2023

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Family Dog in Louisiana Leads Officers to Lost Child’s Home

St John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana – Officers in Louisiana were led to the home of a lost child by a family dog.

The St John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office stated over the weekend that officers responded to a lost young child and his dog wandering around a LaPlace, Louisiana property. Officers reportedly attempted to question the small boy upon arrival, but there was a language barrier.

The dog bolted as cops placed the young boy in a patrol unit for further assessment. Some officers followed the dog, believing it was on its way home.

The beloved family pet, indeed, led officers straight to the small boy’s residence.

According to the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office, officers were pleased with the conclusion of this incident.

About St. John the Baptist Parish: St. John the Baptist Parish was named after Saint John the Baptist. It was the second permanent settlement in Louisiana and was established in the early 1720s by German settlers, becoming known as La Cote des Allemands or The German Coast. The settlement was created on the west bank of the Mississippi River. St. John with its fertile land proved to be excellent farmland, and German settlers grew crops that often fed early New Orleans which would have otherwise fallen victim to famine when supply ships failed to arrive from Europe. The parish contains several ancient cemeteries, one of them located in Reserve, the burial place of Caroline Desionde, wife of Civil War General Beauregard. The Jesuit fathers were the first religious order to settle in the area, and the parish seat was established in the village of Lucy, with the building that served as the first courthouse still standing. The parish name was derived from the religious parish of St. John the Baptist, and the parish seat was moved to Edgard in 1848. These factual data provide insight into the historical significance of St. John the Baptist Parish, its cultural mix, and its importance in early Louisiana.