A formerly abused rescue dog is being called a hero after saving a tiny toddler’s life last week.
One year ago, a four-month-old mixed breed puppy with broken ribs, legs and a stomach full of carpet was brought into the Delta Animal Shelter in Escanaba, Michigan. Once she was well enough to be adopted, a loving family took her in and named her Peanut.
On March 17, Peanut began running up and down the stairs, barking and going crazy, according to a post on Facebook. “Today, Peanut was responsible for saving the life of a three-year-old little girl. About 11 am this morning, Peanut started going crazy at our house. 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,” the post read.
“My husband followed her and to his surprise, he found a naked, shivering, three-year-old girl curled up in a ball. He scooped her up, wrapped her in his sweatshirt, and brought her inside. He called 911 and reported the incident. By the time the ambulance and police arrived, the little girl could only say one thing – “doggie,” Peanut’s owner continued.
On March 20, the Delta County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the story in a statement. They said that deputies went door to door to track down the girl’s parents, who were eventually found at a nearby home.
“Further investigation unveiled unsafe and unsanitary living conditions at the residence,” the sheriff’s office said in the post. “Child Protective Services was contacted and the found girl along with another young female were eventually removed from the residence.” Police said the case has been sent to the Delta County Prosecutor’s Office for review.
Peanut’s family is so happy that Peanut’s “sixth sense” carried over from her former life, where she was rescued by the Delta Animal Shelter in the first place.
“She is a part of our family now and thanks to wonderful people like you at the shelter, she is alive,” they wrote in a Facebook post. “Without her, not only would she have been gone from this world, but the life of this little girl might have been taken as well.”