Nearly 36 hours later, the officer and his family had lost all hope, but a neighbor called and reported a strange sight in the yard.
People are pretty good when it comes to unusual situations. History proves this. Police ensure local safety, and firefighters and paramedics ensure that in the event of an accident, casualties are minimal. In the face of adversity, the community has become very close. However, sometimes a special approach is required. In rural Kentucky, director Beth Campbell’s misjudgment sparked news that sent the town into a frenzy. An unexpected hero intervened when a large community of volunteers, firefighters and police was about to surrender.
Charlie was wearing bright blue pajamas scattered with images of Frozen characters and she left her home in Winding Hollow Lane around 10 am, during her grandmother’s moment of vulnerability. To make matters worse, the house was surrounded by forests, fields and hills, and the child could not be found. The family’s pit bull Penny also ran away from the house. Then her mother informed the authorities.
Nothing unites a small town like a desperate situation, so police, firefighters and many volunteers have worked together to find the missing duo. Locals Eric and Leanne Wilson had never met Charlee, but they were helpful anyway. “What if this child is ours?” Eric Wilson said. “We want everyone who could help us come out and find our child.”
More than 30 hours after Beth reported Charlee’s disappearance, Bullitt County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell said authorities were planning to “roll back” to possible routes Charlee might have taken. But before they could, Beth, who was at home praying, saw something through the window. The woman was heartbroken when she saw Penny running towards her. The pit bull didn’t have Charlee by his side, but the relief overwhelmed Beth nonetheless. Beth didn’t know it, but as soon as Penny arrived at her house, a neighbor a few blocks away, Wayne Brown, received a surprising guest.
Charlee just stepped out onto Wayne’s back porch, still wearing her Frozen pajamas!
After giving her water to drink, the man alerted authorities who take her to a local hospital. After running to the hospital to greet Charlee with her favorite stuffed animal, the Campbells set out to tell the story.
However, the reunion could not have happened without the help of the hero dog. Penny, the love of the family protected Charlee during this time away from home. Together, the two survive the brush and summer heat, until Penny takes Charlee home. “He’s our hero here,” Beth said. “Charlee is our life, our lives revolve around her. I can’t imagine my life without her, and I don’t want to.”
Naturally, the dog’s surprising gesture impressed everyone, including the sheriff. “I can’t believe she survived this,” he said. “Coyotes live on these hills. Copperheads, rattlesnakes and ticks – all the elements are there. Find out more about this amazing story below!