Thea Chase went missing from her home in Michigan and was found by authorities asleep on one of her two dogs nearly four hours later. “She laid down and used one of the dogs as a pillow, and the other dog laid right next to her and kept her safe,” Lt. Mark Giannunzio said Thursday, per ABC News. “It’s a really remarkable story.”
The girl was reported missing around 8 p.m. Wednesday by her mother. “So, I realized she was missing and I’m telling her uncle, and I said, ‘Where is she?’”, the child's mother, Brooke Chase, said. “We’re searching all around the yard, up and down the roads, screaming at the top of our lungs her name, calling for the dogs because the dogs were missing, too,” she added.
“We’re [searching] everywhere around here,” she continued. “It’s completely wooded — deep, thick woods around here. There’s a swamp over there, so of course we’re, like, freaking out. And after about fifteen minutes of searching for her with our friends and family, I called the cops.”
The police then used drones and search dogs to assist in the effort. "I was in such a fog and in such a shock that she was literally gone, in a split second," she added. In additional to authorities, the general public also assisted in the search.
Around midnight, the girl was found by a local on an all-terrain-vehicle (ATV) about three miles from the home. She was checked out by medical teams and determined to be healthy.
Police say that the smaller dog, a cocker spaniel, was being used as a pillow while the larger dog, a rottweiler, was in "guardian mode." The two dogs are being credited as heroes for looking out for their sister and ensuring her safety until authorities could return her back home.
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