Published: Wed, April 25, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Deaf, nearly blind farm dog saves lost 3-year-old

Deaf, nearly blind farm dog saves lost 3-year-old

A heartwarming story out of Australia proves once again the old adage that a dog really is man's best friend, or rather, child's best friend. He stayed with his 3-year-old human who was lost near Warwick last night while we frantically searched for her.

Aurora walked off the family's remote rural farm into an area of woodlands and hills at around 3pm on Friday, and was reported missing to police. The 3-year-old saw the lights from the rescue helicopter and heard her grandmother calling out for her.

Kelly Benston, the partner of Aurora's grandmother posted a message to Facebook to say the girl was ok and that she only suffered form a few scratches and bruises. "I held him and we slept together".

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Aurora was found at around 8 am Saturday morning about 1.2 miles away from her house. "I was yelling out to her and I thought I could hear her", Bennett told 7News.

Max followed Aurora when she wandered off and stayed with her for over 16 hours until they were rescued.

Authorities said the girl was lucky considering the mountainous terrain around the family's home.

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Now, the pup is being called a hero and has been named an honorary police dog.

A deaf and partially blind dog that kept a lost three-year-old girl safe in Australian bushland overnight was awarded police honours Saturday after leading rescuers to the child.

Rescuers, including the girl's relatives found her almost two kilometres away from her house in hilly and rugged terrain, Queensland Police Inspector Craig Berry told reporters.

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