Dog leads New Hampshire police to injured owner after crash


By Amy Simonson, CNN

(CNN) – A Shiloh shepherd named Tinsley received additional treats on Monday evening after leading authorities to his owner, who was injured in a car accident and was in urgent need of help.

Tinsley came to the attention of New Hampshire State Police when she responded to a call about a dog running loose on the Veterans Memorial Bridge, which spans the New Hampshire-Vermont border on I-89 .

Private Tom Sandberg and officers from the Lebanon Police Department located a large dog that looked fearful and scared, NHSP Lt. Dan Baldassarre said. “They were trying to get the dog off the highway to keep him safe,” he said.

Sandberg and the police tried to approach the dog, but she would run and then stop and look at them, trying to get their attention.

“The dog was standing on top of the embankment and looking down,” Baldassarre said.

Officers noticed a damaged section of guardrail and when they looked down they saw a badly damaged pickup truck that had overturned, NHSP public information officer Amber Lagace said in a report. -mail to CNN.

Two men inside the truck had been thrown from the vehicle and were injured and hypothermic, Lagacé said.

Sandberg and the officers called for medical assistance and, while at the scene, learned that Tinsley belonged to one of the injured men.

“It was almost like an actual Lassie situation,” Baldassarre said. “It’s really quite remarkable. This dog definitely saved their lives. I don’t think they would have survived the night given the temperatures.”

The two men were taken to an area hospital for treatment, Vermont state police said.

“She’s my guardian angel,” Tinsley owner Cam Laundry told CNN affiliate WPTZ. “It’s a wonder she had that kind of intelligence to do what she did.”

Laundry described Tinsley as his co-pilot and said they regularly traveled together in the crashed truck.

His heroism would be rewarded, he said.

“She’s spoiled all the time,” Laundry told WPTZ. “She’ll have game, probably a burger, tonight and probably some scratches on her back with it.”

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