Police Find Dog Alone on Hwy…Just Moments Later They Realize the Devastating Truth

Police Find Dog Alone on Hwy... Moments Later They Realize the Devastating Truth

When New Hampshire State Police responded to calls of a wandering dog on Veterans Memorial Bridge on I-89 near the New Hampshire-Vermont border, they quickly realized that she wasn’t merely “wandering.”

Police attempted to catch the pup, who they later discovered was named Tinsley, but she refused, and instead decided to show them something.

The young Shiloh shepherd dog wasn’t wandering the highway at around 10 p.m. on January 3rd for no reason. Her owner had just been in an accident, and she was trying to find someone to help him.

It was truly a miracle that she wasn’t struck and killed in traffic, but Tinsley was determined to save her owner, Cameron Laundry, of Hartland, Vermont.

Tinsley led the officers to the scene of the accident, where two people, including her owner, were seriously injured and in need of help. The police followed her past a damaged section of the highway’s guardrail and to the scene, where a 2019 Ford F350 pickup had rolled over and crashed, and two men had been ejected from the vehicle, which was totaled.

“The dog wanted Trooper Sandberg and the [other] officers to follow her. Tinsley never tried to run away, but rather [she led] them further up the road and over the bridge,” public relations and community outreach officer Amber Lagace told Fox News in an email statement regarding the incident.

In the email, Lagace also included a comment from Lt. Dan Baldassarre, commander of Troop D of the New Hampshire State Police, which read: “It’s a real-life Lassie story. Tinsley led law enforcement directly to the crash scene to provide assistance. She’s the hero.”

First responders who arrived on the scene of the crash determined that the two victims were seriously injured and hypothermic.

According to the Vermont State Police, Tinsley “stood by her owner as officers assisted him and the passenger.”

The dog was wet, but not injured, and apparently later received lots of treats for her bravery, including a venison dinner.

After the crash, Laundry, Tinsley’s owner, spoke out about her bravery, stating: “She’s my little guardian angel. It’s a miracle how she has that kind of intelligence to do what she did.”

Laundry suffered minor injuries despite not wearing a seatbelt and was later released from the hospital. The other passenger, later identified by Vermont State Police as Justin Connors, had suffered more serious injuries and is still in the hospital. Connors has undergone at least two surgeries thus far.

Unfortunately, Connors’ bulldog was also riding in the truck that night, and was struck on the highway after the crash. The dog’s body was discovered the next morning.

According to a press release from the Vermont State Police, Laundry will be due in court in February to face a charge of driving under the influence.

The New Hampshire State Police posted a long message on Facebook regarding the incident.

“On January 3, 2022, at approximately 10 p.m., Trooper Sandberg of #NHSP #TroopD responded to a report of a loose canine on the Veterans Memorial Bridge located on Interstate 89 at the New Hampshire/Vermont border in Lebanon,” they wrote.

“Trooper Sandberg and Officers from the Lebanon Police Department located a large German Shepherd [later identified as a Shiloh Shepherd] on northbound Interstate 89. 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 short time later, Trooper Sandberg and the Lebanon Police Officers located a damaged section of guardrail near the Interstate 91 and Interstate 89 junction,” the post continued.

“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.”

“While at the scene, Trooper Sandberg and the Lebanon Police Officers learned that the [Shiloh] Shepherd, named Tinsley, belonged to one of the injured occupants of the truck. It quickly became apparent that Tinsley led Trooper Sandberg and the Lebanon Police to the crash site and injured occupants.”

“Additional NHSP Troopers, Lebanon Police and Fire Department, and the Hartford, Vermont Police and Fire Department, assisted at the scene. The crash investigation is being handled by the Vermont State Police.”

“Tinsley did not appear to be injured in the crash,” they concluded.

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