A one-year-old dog has been hailed as a hero for leading rescuers to her injured owner after a dangerous car wreck in New England.
Tinsley, a Shiloh Shepherd, took to work Monday night after her owner’s pickup truck skidded on a bridge near the intersection of Interstate 89 and Interstate 91 at the New Hampshire-Vermont border, according to a statement from the New Hampshire State Police.
A Tennessee owner, identified by WMUR as Cam Laundry, and another passenger were found by police after the hero dog led police officers to the scene. First responders took the two people to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, and the laundry has since been released.
New Hampshire State Police Lt. Daniel Baldassar compared it to a “realistic Lacy situation.”
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“It’s really cool. This dog definitely saved their lives,” Baldassar was quoted as saying by CNN.
Laundry called Tinsley his “little guardian angel,” adding, “It’s a miracle that she has that kind of intelligence to do what she does.”
“We were shaken, we didn’t know what was going on,” added the man from Vermont. “The next thing we know, the cops were there, and it was all because of her.”
New Hampshire State Police
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State police say an officer and Lebanon Police found the puppy on the north side of I-89 shortly after 10 p.m. local time after receiving a report of a dog at large near the Veterans Memorial Bridge, which connects New Hampshire with Vermont.
Officers allegedly tried to get Tinsley back, but she continued down the road. Eventually, the dog crossed the border into Vermont before hitting a “damaged portion of the guardrail” on the side of the road and the “severely damaged” truck off the road.
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New Hampshire State Police
Further investigations conducted by the officers at the site revealed that a washbasin and his passenger, who were expelled from the car, were seriously injured and from hypothermia.
New Hampshire State Police said, after discovering that one of the accident victims owned Tinsley, “it soon became apparent” that the dog had saved the day. It is noteworthy that she was not injured in the accident.
“At that time, there was a drop in body temperature,” Baldassar said, according to WMUR. “It’s unclear how long they’ve been out of the car. The dog was also wet, so you can tell he’s been out for a little while.”
“I don’t think they would have survived the night in the high temperatures,” he added, according to CNN.
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Wash said he and Tinsley have been linked at the hip since they became family, and now, their relationship is stronger than ever.
“Of course, you never left my side, so we’re always together in that truck that crashed,” he told WMUR. “And she’s always my co-pilot. She’s always with me.”
Vermont State Police are investigating the incident.