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An Alabama family is crediting their dog and her four puppies for both saving the boy’s life and for leading to his rescue.
Kyle Camp, a 10-year old little boy with Down syndrome, disappeared from his family’s home situated on 20-acres of heavily wooded land in Hackleburg, Alabama on Tuesday afternoon. His family immediately began searching the home and nearby woods for their son, to no avail.
When they hadn’t found the boy by dark, the family panicked, called police, and gathered about 150 volunteers to search the woods for their missing boy. For 18-hours, the boy remained lost while an entire town searched.
That was until Wednesday morning when a friend and neighbor, Jamie Swinney, found Kyle cold and wet, shivering in a nearby creek, with 4 puppies piled on top of him, about a mile and a half away from the Camp’s residence.
“But it wasn’t me who should take the credit,” Jamie Swinney told reporters from WAFF TV. The real heroes, Swinney believes, were the family dogs. The four young puppies most certainly kept Kyle warm and comforted through the night, while the mama dog ultimately led rescuers to the boy.
“I knew if anyone was going to find the boy it was going to be the mother of the puppies and I all I had to do was follow the mother dog,” Swinney explained. “She had been barking and running along and I took off after her.”
Kyle was taken to a nearby hospital where he was treated for scrapes and bruises, but is doing just fine.
See the reunited family – including the mama dog and her four pups, in this video from NBC News.