Three-year-old girl goes missing; deaf pet dog accompanies her until being found

Aaron Brown
April 24, 2018

Max, a 17-year-old Blue Heeler, may be deaf, partially blind, and getting on in his years, but that didn't stop him from playing the role of loving companion and hero to a lost three-year-old girl in Queensland, Australia.

Three-year-old Aurora reportedly told her mum she was "looking for her" when she took the family dog for a walk from their property at Cherry Gully, south of Warwick, yesterday.

The girl, named Aurora, had wandered off from her home in Warwick, located about 105 miles southwest of Brisbane, prompting a search involving more than 100 people, ABC News reported.

Ms Bennett's partner Kelly Benston expressed their relief on social media, saying the little adventurer had been fearless during her ordeal.

"Jake (Miller, girl's uncle) came up and helped me and when I got to the top, the dog came to me and led me straight to her", Bennett said.

Max is now an honorary police dog.

When her grandma Leisa Bennett realized she and the dog were missing, strangers and indigenous trackers joined in on the search.

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"You watch. police leave, and you think, 'Oh my God, she's out there somewhere in the dark, a 3-year-old baby, '" Bennett said.

At 8am on Saturday, Max found the search party and miraculously led them to where Aurora was, hidden in bushland area.

"Remaining with her and standing by her would have been number one".

Ian Phipps, from the state emergency service, said the surrounding area was mountainous and "very inhospitable terrain". "She smelled of dog, she slept with the dog". "Leisa heard her from down in the valley on the mountainside".

The Queensland Police have inducted Max as an honorary police dog for his services in staying with Aurora and leading rescuers to her.

"With the weather last night it's quite lucky she is well because it was. cold and raining", he told ABC radio.

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