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Loyal Pit bull protects toddler lost in the woods

Custom_sam_sheepdog_300_thumb By Martha | | Comments (7)

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A loyal Pit bull protected a 3-year-old boy who wandered away from his home and became lost in the woods. Authorities were called to the boy's South Dakota home when his parents reported him missing on Monday. The boy was gone for about an hour when police found him a quarter mile away in the woods.  

Custer County Sheriff Rick Wheeler told the Rapid City Journal that the protective dog would not let rescuers near the boy.

The dog did not become overly aggressive but signaled to keep back. "He was showing me that this was not my area," Wheeler said of the large brown Pit bull. "I know that look." They called the boy's father who came and was able to take the dog home so safety personnel could approach the boy.

Police tracked the boy and faithful sidekick by following footprints in the snow. "We took off on a dead run until we found him," said Wheeler. Wheeler and the boy's parents along with a dozen personnel were searching for the boy.

The boy appeared uninjured but was taken to hospital as a precaution. Wheeler said the boy's parents, who asked not to be named, were overjoyed to find their boy safe and sound. For his part, the toddler was mostly curious and excited about all the people and emergency vehicles. 

Wheeler said it wasn't clear if the boy followed the dog or the dog followed the boy to go on the backyard adventure, adding, "I think it was a joint venture."


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Comments on this Article

eva ladrach - yes, the father took the dog home (since his job was done) so EMS could assess the boy and get him to hospital for evaluation.
Awesome story! Pit bulls are the best dogs, hands down! And thank god the cop didn't shoot the dog! They do that way too much as it is.
I'm with Lauren. Finally police with common sense not to shoot the dog for acting on its instincts to protect its human. Good doggie! Lovely story! :)
The little 3 year old boy had his guardian angel with him. Good dog. I'm glad everyone is ok.
I'm glad they were both found safe and sound. I'm also glad some goof ball didn't decide to shoot the dog for protecting the child. That's what we read too often now.
Ummm did I read this correctly? The father came and took the DOG home (third paragraph) but not the boy??? High praise for the dog for watching over his charge though.
And the cops didn't shoot the dog! Awesome!
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