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Family dog credited with helping rescue missing 3-year-old girl

A 17-year-old dog is being credited with helping rescue a young girl who wandered from her home in Australia late last week.
A 17-year-old dog is being credited with helping rescue a young girl who wandered from her home in Australia late last week. Screen capture- Twitter/@900wkdw

He's old, somewhat deaf and partially blind - and now he's a hero in Australia.

Max, a 17-year-old Australian blue heeler, is being credited with helping rescue a 3-year-old girl who had wandered off into the bushlands late last week, according to the New York Post.

The girl, named Aurora, had walked away from her home on Friday in the state of Queensland more than 100 miles from Brisbane. Max followed her and stayed with her for more than 15 hours, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.

As more than 100 people resumed the search in rugged, mountainous terrain on Saturday, Aurora's grandmother shouted the girl's name and heard a faint response. When the grandmother climbed the mountain in the direction of the girl's voice Max came to meet her and led her to Aurora.

She had taken shelter under a rock during a cold, damp night, and rescuers believe Max stayed next to her to keep her warm. She was found a little more than a mile from her home. Aurora suffered some minor cuts and abrasions but otherwise was in good health, officials said.

For his role in keeping Aurora safe, Max has been declared an honorary police dog.

That's a good boy, Max!

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