By: Natalie Kinstle, HCHS Tiger Times News, March 23rd, 2017
A faithful rescue dog recently saved a 3 year old child found in a ditch in Escanaba Michigan. The heroic dog, Peanut, was once rescued from an abusive owner. When Peanut first Arrived at the Delta Animal Shelter in Escanaba, Michigan, she had a stomach full of carpet, two broken legs, and fractured ribs. However, the shelter nursed her into recovery, and was later adopted into a loving and caring home.
Last Friday morning, Peanut’s owners reported that her behavior became unusual. Peanut began barking uncontrollably and was attempting to get her owner’s attention. “She was running up and down the stairs, barking and yelping. She then went and got my husband, who was in the garage working on some projects, and alerted him that she wanted to go outside,” one of her owners reported.
The owner let the dog outside, and as soon as he opened the door, Peanut bolted into an open field located behind her home. Her owner trailed close behind her. The dog soon came to a halt in front of a ditch. To the man’s disbelief, he spotted a young 3 year old girl curled up in a ball, naked, and shivering in the cold. He wrapped her in his shirt, and quickly ran home. The family dialed 911. In the meantime, they kept her warm in a layer of blankets. “He called 911 and reported the incident. By the time the ambulance and police arrived, the little girl could only say one thing- ‘doggie’” she reported.
The 3 year old was taken to a nearby hospital for tests. Officers found the child’s parents living nearby the scene of the incident. The parents were living in “unsafe” and “unsanitary” conditions. Child Protection Services have taken the child, along with another child living in the residence. The case has been sent to Delta County Prosecutor’s Office for further review.
Peanut is now deemed a hero. “Without her, not only would she have been gone from this world, but the life of this little girl would have been taken as well,” Peanut’s family reported.
Sources: WNCN, Independent, CBS News