Pint-sized pooch rescues 2 lost girls

Chihuahua Bell credited with finding friends in woods

Published On: Aug 03 2012 10:34:17 AM EDT   Updated On: Aug 06 2012 11:16:51 AM EDT
Hero dog

Confirming that heroes do come in all shapes and sizes, authorities in Newnan, Ga., are crediting an area Chihuahua for rescuing two girls lost in a local forest.

WGCL-TV reported that the two girls, Carlie and Lacey Parga, were walking their dog Lucy on some wooded trails not far from their neighborhood when they strolled into an unfamiliar area.

"We tried to find our way out of the woods," Carlie told the TV station. "We kept following paths and stuff and we got lost."

According to WGCL, the girls, ages 8 and 5, continued to search for a way back home for more than two hours until they decided to stay where they were.

"We were scared we were going to get lost more," Carlie said.

The girls' father, David, said it wasn't like them to wander off, and when they didn't come back home he searched for them in the nearby woods as his wife called police.

WGCL reported that as police officers and fire crews arrived at the scene and immediately began combing the area, the girls' neighbor, Carvin Young, joined in the search with Bell, a 3-year-old Chihuahua.

"Bell sniffed them out," Young said. "She smelled them, her tail went to wagging and she kept running and running until she got to them. She started jumping up on me and I knew we were close."

The search team followed Bell, and she led them deep into the wooded area to where the girls were holed up -- scared but not injured.

"A sheer blessing that she (Bell) lives across the street from us," the girls' mother, Rebecca Parga, said. "Bell is familiar with them, and she knew they were back there, she knew my kids. That's what kept drawing her to go in that direction."

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