Abused dog saves naked toddler found in ditch

An abused shelter dog adopted by new owners is said to have a “sixth sense” after finding a naked toddler in a ditch in Michigan last week, resulting in the removal of two girls from their “unsafe and unsanitary” home.

The dog, originally named Petunia, was left at the Delta Animal Shelter in Escanaba last April with two broken legs, a “belly full of carpet,” and broken ribs.

Petunia’s former owner was convicted of animal abuse and the recovered dog was renamed Peanut. She also was recently adopted and, while enjoying her new life, saved two humans, according to a Facebook status posted by officials at the shelter.

“She was running up and down the stairs, barking, and yelping,” Peanut’s new owner wrote to the shelter. “She then went and got my husband, who was in the garage working on some projects, and alerted him that she wanted to go outside.”

The dog then ran outside at “full speed” into a field behind the couple’s home, where the man discovered a “naked, shivering, 3-year-old girl curled up in a ball. He scooped her up, wrapped her in his sweatshirt, and brought her inside.”

The couple alerted police and waited for assistance during which time the unidentified child had only one word to say, “Doggie.”

“Thanks to Peanut, a little girl’s life was saved today,” the Facebook post read. “She has been such a blessing to us, and now to others. Words cannot express how grateful we are that we have Peanut in our lives and how amazing she is.”

The toddler was rescued Friday in near-freezing temperatures near Rapid River in Michigan’s Delta County. Deputies located the child’s parents after a search of the neighborhood and deemed their home to be “unsafe and unsanitary.” Employees from Child Protective Services later took custody of the toddler and another young girl discovered in the home.

The Facebook post detailing Peanut’s heroics has been shared more than 2,500 times since Monday and received numerous responses from animal lovers.

“Dogs truly are man’s best friend,” one comment read. “Anyone abusing a helpless animal [needs] to be dealt with.”

Peanut’s new owner said, “She has truly been a blessing to our family and we love having her around. As you know, her background was so heartbreaking and we are so happy that we were able to take her into our home and give her the love and the family she deserves. However, I think she still has some ‘sixth sense’ about her past life that she has carried with her.”

H/T: New York Post

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