Good girl: dog leads police to injured owner after car crash

The car crash

In the late evening of 3 January, the New Hampshire police received the report of a loose dog wandering Interstate 89 at the New Hampshire/Vermont boarder in Lebanon, US. However, the rescue operation took a turn when the German Shepherd led them to the site of a car crash.

“When Trooper Sandberg and the Lebanon Police Officers attempted to get close to the canine, it continued to run northbound on Interstate 89, crossing into Vermont,” a New Hampshire police statement says. “A short time later, Trooper Sandberg and the Lebanon Police Officers located a damaged section of guardrail near the Interstate 91 and Interstate 89 junction.”

“Trooper Sandberg and the Lebanon Police Officers observed a badly damaged pickup truck that had rolled over. As the Officers investigated further, they realized that both occupants of the pickup truck had been ejected from the vehicle and were hypothermic and seriously injured. Trooper Sandberg and the Lebanon Police Officers were able to quickly call for medical assistance.”

The rescuers soon learned that the dog, named Tinsley, belonged to one of the people injured in the crash. She had not simply been wandering the road after being ejected from the vehicle in the accident: she had led them to the crash site to help.


Tinsley’s owner is reportedly expected to survive their injuries. Tinsley herself was not injured in the crash, and is now safe and well – no doubt getting plenty of treats.

Images by New Hampshire police.


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