Police say hero dog leaped into action to save best friend

Call it a case of dog-saves-dog.

Police in Orange, Massachusetts recently cracked a missing pooch file with the help of a real-life “Lassie.” Officials responded to a medical call on Jan. 5, but when help arrived, the resident’s two canine companions made a break for it.

Later, one dog trotted up to an officer barking and leading him to a steep embankment. That’s where the the officer found the other wayward dog, trapped under some brush.

The fire department also responded to the scene.


And helped free the dog.


Police applauded the efforts of the dog’s furry friend on Facebook.

“Apparently, any dog in the right circumstance can turn into “Lassie”!  the police service wrote.

Here’s the full post:

“This morning, a resident of Orange had a medical condition and needed to be transported to the hospital. Her two terrier type dogs were outside and ran off down the road. Officers tried to catch them, but they would not let anyone get close to them. North Quabbin Animal Control was notified. A few hours later, Orange Officer Bisceglia drove through the neighborhood again, hoping to spot the dogs. One of the dogs ran up to him, barking. The dog insisted that the officer follow him through a field to an embankment. Officer Bisceglia saw that the second dog had slid on the ice, approximately 30 feet down to the bottom, and was wedged in some overgrowth. Orange Fire was requested and firefighters used a ground ladder to extend down the embankment. Firefighter Hopkins carried the dog up to safety. Both dogs were taken by animal control to the veterinarian to be checked over. Apparently, any dog in the right circumstance can turn into “Lassie”! Nice work by all involved.”

Orange Fire Department also weighed in on the unusual emergency response call.

“Dog rescue today- Great team work between Orange Police and Fire Depts!” it wrote on Facebook.

h/t Associated Press Photos Orange Ma Police Department/Facebook

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