A sweet little dog, named Peanut, was brought into Delta Animal Shelter. She had two broken legs, broken ribs and a belly full of carpet (likely ingested after being starved). The shelter volunteers knew she was special and were elated when she was adopted by a very nice couple.

One morning in 2017, Peanut began acting strangely. She ran around the house, barking incessantly. Her mom had no idea what was going on! Peanut continued barking as if she had something to say. She then ran to her dad and continued to bark until he let her outside. When he finally did, the most incredible thing happened.

Peanut took off running, fast, into the field behind their home. Her mom and dad followed. Peanut led them to a ditch where a three-year-old little girl lay balled up, totally naked.

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Peanut took off running, fast, into the field behind their home. Her mom and dad followed. Peanut led them to a ditch where a three-year-old little girl lay balled up, totally naked. They were shocked and immediately called 911. The little girl was freezing, and visibly shivering, so Peanut’s dad wrapped her in his shirt.

“By the time the ambulance and police arrived, the little girl could only say one thing — ‘doggie,’” Peanut’s dad explained in a letter to the Delta Animal Shelter. “Thanks to Peanut, a little girl’s life was saved.”

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Michigan’s Delta County Sherrif’s Office confirmed the story in a news statement, crediting Peanut for alerting her owner to the child’s presence. An investigation revealed that the child was living in deplorable conditions and has since been placed in Child Protective Services.

Peanut’s parents sent Delta Animal Shelter the most amazing letter about their super-pup:

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Peanut, we all LOVE you! Thank you for being a true hero!