Loyal blue heeler stays with three-year-old lost in bush overnight

Brunilde Fioravanti
Aprile 21, 2018

A deaf and partially blind pet dog remained by the side of its three-year-old owner after the girl went missing in the rugged bushland in Queensland's Southern Downs, Australia.

Max has been now declared an honorary police dog for keeping the little girl safe.

"Leisa (the child's grandmother) heard Aurora's voice, found Max first, and then Max led her to Aurora", Leisa's partner Kelly Benston said, adding the dog was partially blind and deaf.

She was found on the property about two kilometers (more than a mile) from the family home.

Mr Benston told the broadcaster: 'She found the dog first.

"The area around the house is quite mountainous and is very inhospitable terrain to go walking in, so she'd travelled quite a distance with her dog that was quite loyal to her", he said.

Philips mentioned that the search was quite hard because "the volunteers and the police were, amongst the very steep slopes full of lantana and other vegetation". "She smelled of dog, she slept with the dog". "Leisa heard her from down in the valley on the mountainside".

Ms Bennett said it was an emotional reunion with "a lot of tears".

To the relief of her distraught family the three-year-old was in good health, rescuers said, suffering just minor scratches.

A three-year-old girl has survived 16 hours in the elements after wandering away from her grandfather and getting lost on the family's rural property in south-west Queensland.

"There was a little bit of dread going into it with a cold night last night, but to get such a positive outcome the volunteers are very happy, and will be tucking into a bacon and egg sandwich very shortly".

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