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Deaf and Partially Blind Blue Heeler Helps Police Save A Missing Three-Year-Old Girl

Image Source: Kelly Benston / Facebook
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A blue heeler dog named Max is being called a hero for helping law enforcement find a missing three-year-old girl.
The dog, from Queensland, is 17-years-old. Aurora, the three-year-old little girl, went missing on the 20th of April at about 3 PM—as did the deaf and partially blind dog.

Aurora disappeared from Cherry Gully, which is 30 kilometers south of Warwick.

Over a hundred volunteers from State Emergency Service, as well as members of the public and law enforcement, searched for the missing girl.

She was found at around 8 AM on the 21st of April. She was missing for about 17 hours.

Image Source: Kelly Benston / Facebook

Kelly Benston is the partner of the little girls’ grandmother, Leisa Marie Bennett. Benston stated that Bennett was able to hear Aurora from the top of a mountain.

Benston said that Bennett first found the dog, and the dog was able to lead her to Aurora.
Bennett said that she tracked the three-year-old down after the girl responded to her shouts. Aurora yelled “Grammy”, and that’s when Bennett knew it was her. She went up a mountain, and that’s when Max led her straight to Aurora.

Bennett said the reunion was emotional and there were “a lot of tears”. Aurora was apparently overwhelmed by the tears and the howling, but Bennett explained that they were tears of happiness.

According to a statement from law enforcement, there was an extensive air and land search; it was conducted with help from Rescue 511, SES, and Polair. The little girl and the dog were found in the morning on family property; she was about 2 kilometers from the home.

The child was found with minor cuts and abrasions, but is otherwise doing quite well.
In the statement, it was said that police would like to express gratitude towards everyone involved in the search for the child.

Image Source: Kelly Benston / Facebook

According to Ian Phipps, SES area controller, a family member noticed Aurora and her dog two kilometers away; they were walking in an area described as “mountainous” and “very inhospitable terrain”. Aurora traveled quite a distance with the canine, who was obviously quite loyal to her.

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Phipps said that it is lucky Aurora is well and suffered no ill-effects, as is was cold and rainy on the night Aurora was missing. He described the little girl as a hardy lass, adding that all the volunteers are extremely happy with the outcome of the situation.

Queensland Police Service actually uploaded a picture of Max with a caption that praised him for being a “good boy”.
They pointed out he stayed with his three-year-old human while she was lost. Because he kept her safe until she was found, he is now an “honorary police dog”.

As mentioned above, Max is a blue heeler, or an Australian Cattle Dog. They are known to be one of the most intelligent breeds of dogs. In general, they only live around 12 years, which makes Max even more impressive. Deafness and blindness are common health problems with the breed.

They generally weigh between 35 and 45 pounds and have a height of between 17 and 20 inches. They are known to be alert, hard-working, protective, and resourceful animals.

Max is the most recent example of how dogs tend to protect and save their humans—which is likely why dogs are known as man’s best friend.

Another great example of a heroic dog is Smoky the Yorkshire Terrier, who is famous for serving in World War II. Smoky, who weighed only four pounds, is partially responsible for renewing interest in the Yorkshire Terrier breed, which was sort of obscure at the time.

Smoky was found by an American soldier in a foxhole in a New Guinea jungle. A full-grown Yorkie when she was found,
Smoky served in the South Pacific with the 5th Airforce. The little dog was actually awarded eight battle stars and was credited with 12 combat missions. Her owner, William A. Wynne, credited Smoky with saving his life and referred to her as an “angel from a foxhole”. Wynne was from Cleveland, Ohio.

While not saving lives, Smoky entertained the troops with her tricks. She also helped build an airbase.
After she returned to the United States, she became a national phenomenon. She appeared in over 40 live-television shows.

“Corporal Smoky” died at the approximate age of 14 in February of 1957. She was buried in Lakewood, Ohio. On Veterans Day in 2005, a life-sized sculpture of her was placed above her final resting spot.

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Written by Kevin Barrett

Kevin Barrett is an award-winning reporter currently residing in one of the many suburbs of Philadelphia. In addition to working in journalism, he was worked in higher education and logistics. He is single, but does have a distracting little dog who keeps him from achieving maximum productivity.

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