A loyal dog stayed by a missing toddler's side for two days until she was found. What have we done to deserve dogs?
The family of Charlee Campbell have hailed Penny the pitbull a hero after keeping watch over the missing two-year-old while they frantically searched for her.
Little Charlee had wandered off into some woods, and search crews spent 48 hours looking for her.
Speaking to WIS-TV, Charlee's grandmother said: "This is our hero right here. When my dog didn't come home, and my baby wasn't home, she was not going to leave that baby until she got here.
"I can't even explain how happy I am that this baby is home, because I love her more than anything in this world."
The Bullitt County Sheriff's Office said the pooch arrived home moments before Charlee was found by local resident Wayne Brown.
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He told WDRB: "I saw the dirt all over her, and she had leaves in her hair, and I opened the door, and I said, 'Are you Charlee?'.
"And she handed me this bottle. And I said, 'Are you Charlee?'. She didn't answer me. She wouldn't say anything."
On its Facebook page, the sheriff's office wrote: "Charlee's amazing survival story continued tonight when she walked up on a porch on Roy Layne Road this evening.
"The homeowners realised who she was and contacted authorities. Ironically, her dog returned home on its own a few minutes prior to Charlee approaching the homeowners."
The post added: "We cannot thank enough the firefighters, EMTs, dispatchers, search teams, other public safety agencies and the volunteer searchers from the community."
Sheriff Donnie Tinnell said: "I'm just so happy she's safe and alive. We're blessed she's healthy.
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"It was emotional for me. We didn't give up hope, but hope was going down for me."
Charlee was taken into hospital where she was checked over but other than being a bit dehydrated and having some insect bites she's appears to be no worse off from her two-day adventure.
Police have said they will conduct an investigation into her disappearance and that Child Protective Services are involved.
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