A 5-year-old went missing in the woods in Maine Sunday night, and a rescue dog is being credited with saving his life.
The boy, Grecco is from New Jersey and he was reported missing Sunday evening after he was separated from his family while hiking off of Hussey Hill Road.
According to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Grecco’s relatives realized he was missing around 6 p.m. Sunday evening and they searched for him for hours before finally calling York County Sheriff’s Office around 8 p.m. to report the boy missing.
Rescue Dog handler Dorothy Smail told News Center that her dog Tala found Grecco at about 2 a.m. Monday morning and then alerted her.
Smail says Grecco was lying down in the woods when they found him and Smail introduced herself and notified Game Wardens.
Greeco told Smail he was playing dead because thought her dog Tala was a fox and he was frightened. Smail says Grecco was wet, tired and starving, but otherwise, he was alright.
She continues that this was her and her dogs first find, and she is very proud of Tala.
Maine Game Wardens, York County Deputies, Maine State police, Action Fire department, and York County EMA all helped in the search. Maine Wardens Service officials are using this incident to remind people to stay together while hiking and to only stay on marked trails.
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