A lost hiker and his four legged friend were safely located by police dog Fitz after an extensive search in Kelowna.

On November 13th, 2020, shortly after 5:00 p.m., Kelowna RCMP were notified of a hiker who had lost his way in the area of June Springs Road.

Frontline officers immediately attended the area and began searching with the assistance of the Kelowna RCMP Police Dog Services.

Police Service Dog Fitz and his handler tracked the lost hiker through the forest. The canine team located the man and his dog.

Both were uninjured.

“The hiker, a 57-year-old Kelowna man, was not properly dressed for the weather, and was extremely happy to be escorted back to his vehicle,” said Cpl. Jocelyn Noseworthy, spokesperson for the Kelowna RCMP. “This incident ended happily, but it’s a timely reminder for anyone who is planning on enjoying the outdoors to take the proper steps to ensure your safety.”