A German shepherd is being dubbed a “real-life Lassie” after she helped lead the police to her owner, who had been involved in a serious rollover accident in Hartford, Vermont. The dog, named Tinsley, was spotted on the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge, on Interstate 89, on Monday night.
When a New Hampshire State Police department trooper, and Lebanon police officers found the young shepherd, they discovered that she was trying to lead them somewhere. New Hampshire State Police Lt. Daniel Baldassarre explained:
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.’ And they did that and, to their surprise, to see the guardrail damaged and to look down to where the dog is looking at, they were almost in disbelief.”
Tinsley’s efforts resulted in her owner, Cam Laundry, and another person, being found after they were ejected from the vehicle when it went over the guardrail. The New Hampshire State Police said:
As the Officers investigated further, they realized that both occupants of the pickup truck had been ejected from the vehicle and were hypothermic and seriously injured.
Tinsley, who Laundry refers to as his “guardian angel,” was not injured in the crash, and she was rewarded with a venison burger the day after saving her owner from the accident.
Good girl Tinsley!