A dog's feat was hailed Tuesday in the United States and compared to "Lassie, the faithful dog" story. Tinsley led the police to a scene of a car crash where her owner was injured and suffering from hypothermia.
“Lassie the faithful dog” saved her owner’s life
Tinsley, a one-year-old female Shiloh Shepherd, ran down a highway on the New Hampshire-Vermont border on Monday night, prompting motorists to call law enforcement.
When police officers spotted the animal and tried to catch it, Tinsley ran on and led them into Vermont. There, the authorities found a damaged section of the safety barrier had been breached by a severely damaged pickup truck.
New Hampshire State Police Lieutenant Daniel Baldassarre told WCVB: "They could tell the dog was trying to show them something because she kept trying to get away from them but didn't run away totally. It was kind of, 'Follow me. Follow me’,'"
The dog was at the top of the embankment and looked down. There, the officers discovered the damaged pickup truck that had driven off the road. Tinsley’s owner and another person had been ejected from the vehicle and were suffering from hypothermia.
"This was almost like a real-life Lassie situation," Baldassarre adds. "It's really quite remarkable. This dog definitely saved their lives. I don't think they would have survived the night given the temperatures."
This is Tinsley. She was in a car accident with her humans last night. She escaped the wreckage, got the attention of police, and led them all the way back to the site of the crash. Her humans are being treated and expected to survive. Tinsley is awarded our very rare… 15/10 pic.twitter.com/E3HRQf0sF3— WeRateDogs® (@dog_rates) January 5, 2022
“My guardian angel”
The authorities called for medical assistance and while at the scene, they discovered that Tinsley belonged to one of the injured men, Cam Laundry.
As paramedics administered first aid to the injured owner, the dog "sat calmly and gently next to her owner," said Hartford Fire Captain Jack Hedges.
The dog owner, Cam Laundry, who has no serious injuries, assured that Tinsley would get venison, probably burger and some back scratches with it as a reward for her intelligence, dedication and bravery. "She's my little guardian angel," he praised on WCVB. "It's a miracle she had that kind of intelligence to do what she did."
You are a true hero Tinsley!
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