A Heroic Dog Helps Rescue a Car-Wreck Victim

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A stray German shepherd helped save the life of a woman in south Georgia whose car ran off the road.

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Shannon Laureal(ph) may owe her life to a wayward stranger. Her car went off the road in Thomasville, Georgia and Ms. Laureal was through the rear window. She lay bruised, bleeding and exhausted on the car's trunk. A German shepherd, a dog, not some guy named Franz, appeared, pulled her by her collar from the trunk and dragged her about 50 yards away to the edge of the highway; then he let Ms. Laureal lean against him so that she could stand up and flag down a passing motorist.

The stray dog has been christened Hero. He's at the local humane society and local police have been so impressed, they're evaluating him to be trained for search and rescue work. Shannon Laureal is still recovering, but this week she visited Hero at the shelter and brought along a big pillow, a stuffed animal and a huge bone. She hugged and kissed Hero, who she says she cannot adopt because she already has six dogs, but she says if he ever needs anything, I'll be there. That dog is always going to have a special place in my heart.

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