Hero dog leads police to crash site where owner was ejected

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A dog that was initially thought to be lost ended up saving her owner's life after she led police to the scene of a devastating car crash.

A New Hampshire State Police trooper and officers from the Lebanon Police Department responded around 10 p.m. Monday to a call about a loose dog on the Veteran's Memorial Bridge, located on I-89 at the New Hampshire/Vermont border in Lebanon.

The officers immediately found the 1-year-old Shiloh Shepard at the scene, but every time they tried to get close the dog would run. Eventually, it crossed the state line into Vermont.

"They could tell the dog was trying to show them something because they were, he kept trying to get away from them but didn't run away totally," Lt. Daniel Baldassarre told WMUR. "It was kind of, 'Follow me. Follow me.' And they did that."

After following the dog for a ways, the officers located a damaged section of guardrail and a badly damaged pickup truck that had rolled over.

"To their surprise to see the guardrail damaged and to look down to where the dog is looking at, it's just, they were almost in disbelief," Baldassarre  said.

Two people had been ejected from the truck and were hypothermic and seriously injured. The officers were able to quickly call for medical assistance.

"While at the scene, Trooper Sandberg and the Lebanon Police Officers learned that the German Shepard, named Tinsley, belonged to one of the injured occupants of the truck," state police said in a statement. "It quickly became apparent that Tinsley led Trooper Sandberg and the Lebanon Police to the crash site and injured occupants."

Police said Tinsley did not appear to be injured in the crash, which remains under investigation.

Tinsley's owner, Cam Laundry, said the dog saved his life.

"She's my little guardian angel," Laundry told My NBC 5. "It's a miracle how she has that kind of intelligence to do what she did."

"Of course, she never leaves my side, so we're always together in that truck that got wrecked," he continued. "She's always my co-pilot. She's always with me."

Laundry added that he's rewarding Tinsley with venison burgers and back scratches.

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