Massachusetts Labrador Retriever Leads Father to Freezing Boy

 |  Feb 7th 2007  |   0 Contributions


I've said it before and I'll say it again, a dog can be the ultimate safety device for children.

Thanks to Boston.com for this article.

Missing boy found safe; man dies in extreme cold

By Megan Tench, Globe Staff

A 2-year-old boy who wandered out of his Kingston home yesterday into the bitter morning cold in bare feet and wearing only a light jacket was flown to Boston Medical Center and is expected to fully recover, police officials said.


He was believed to be outside for 30 to 40 minutes.

The boy, whose name was not released by police, slipped through a sliding glass door at his home about 10:45 a.m. and into the 17-degree weather, which had walloped the region with wind chills that made the air feel like 2 degrees below zero.

He had wandered out with his dog, a yellow Labrador retriever, police said in a statement. After they were alerted, police sent an electronic phone message to dozens of neighbors, alerting them about the missing child, said Susan Macy, a Kingston dispatcher. Several joined in the search.

As several troopers and local authorities searched for the boy, his father found the dog, which led him to his son. The boy, who was alert and conscious, according to the police report, was lying on the ground in a fetal position.

Karen, a neighbor, said she received an automated emergency call about 11:10 a.m., informing her that a child was missing and describing his clothing, name, and his age, and asking neighbors to check their yards.

After getting the call, she said she searched her backyard. which abuts that of the missing child's family. "I was only out there for 20 minutes, but I was freezing, and I was all bundled up," she said.

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