Another reason dogs are better than people

12 Apr

And people should have licenses to have children.

South Carolina Boy Wanders From Home With Dog By His Side…Again

Missing Child

The first time it happened, the story was sweet and heart-warming. This time however, it’s serious and the police are involved.

A 2-year-old South Carolina boy who authorities say was protected on an unseasonably cold night by the family dog has wandered from home a second time in just over a week.

This time though, deputies in Kershaw County, South Carolina say they arrested the boy’s mother Jacklyn Marie Jacobson, 25 and her boyfriend, 21-year-old Jose Gloria, charging them with illegal neglect of a child.

Sheriff Jim Matthews says a neighbor found the boy late Sunday morning about a third of a mile from his home. The boy was not hurt and the family dog was beside him.

When the child was reported missing on April 1, his mother told deputies that he disappeared after leaving a bedroom where the family was watching a movie to get some juice. The family called 911 for help around 8:45 p.m. and a 25-person search party spent the night hunting for him. The search included bloodhounds and a helicopter with infrared equipment.

The next day, a man walking down the street told searchers that he heard a child crying in the woods. The boy was found about a quarter mile from his home with the family’s Labrador retriever-mix dog. The boy was wearing a diaper and a T-shirt. He was cold but otherwise unharmed, and the sheriff said the dog probably saved the boy’s life by keeping him warm overnight.

The boy and a 6-month-old baby, who also lived in the home, have now been taken into protective custody by the South Carolina Department of Social Services.

Story By Elaine Furst For Dog Files

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