Source: Suwannee County Sheriff via People
A pit bull is being hailed a hero after protecting his three-year-old owner who wandered off into the woods and got lost.
According to People, Buddy the pit bull stood guarding the child until police were able to locate him safely.
People report the child’s mother frantically called 911 to report her son, who had been outside with his siblings, was missing along with the family dog.
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Earlier this afternoon the Suwannee County Sheriff's Office Telecommunications Center received a 911 call from a frantic mother whose 3-year-old son was playing outside with his siblings and wandered away. The mother told the Dispatcher that the family's dog, Buddy, was also missing, and presumed to be with the child. Patrol Deputies and Investigators with the Suwannee County Sheriff's Office along with K9 units from Suwannee Correctional Institution responded to the residence and began searching for the lost child. A short while later, a nearby neighbor called 911 and stated that he located a small child and dog in the woods, but the dog wouldn't let him get near the child. Fortunately, we were able to reunite the child with his mother, thanks in part to "man's best friend" and an alert neighbor. #givethatdogabone #mansbestfriend #LassieaintgotnothingonBuddy
Officers and a K9 unit from Suwannee Correctional Institution searched for the missing child until a neighbor reported they had located the boy – but Buddy the pit bull was being extremely protective and wouldn’t let anyone near his young owner!
When deputies arrived on scene, Buddy quickly sprang into action and led them to the boy.
“It was such a good ending to something that could have been tragic,” People report sheriff Sam St. John as telling a local news outlet. “We’re all the time putting out tragic news. I’m telling you, it feels so good, so good to tell a good story.”