Search and Rescue Dog Law and Legal Definition

Search and rescue dogs are dogs that are trained to: find missing persons; people trapped after an accident or disaster; or to uncover specific substances such as drugs. These dogs are commonly used by law enforcement officials in their search operations. Search and rescue dogs are typically worked by a small team on foot. However, they can be worked from horseback also.

The following is an example of a state statute defining the term:

510 ILCS 70/2.01d. Search and rescue dog.

Sec. 2.01d. Search and rescue dog. "Search and rescue dog" means any dog that is trained or is certified to locate persons lost on land or in water.