Paws Planet – World Animal News
Touching Stories

Lost Toddler With Autism Found Safe In Care And Protection Of Family Dogs

A family from Ponce De Leon, Florida, experienced their worst nightmare when their three-year-old boy, Marshal Butler, went missing. The boy wandered off from his family’s home on Wednesday while playing outside with his siblings.

“We were panicked,” Kayla Stewart, Butler’s aunt, told local NBC affiliate WJHG. “All sorts of worst case scenarios are running through their heads.”

Image credits: Walton County Sheriff, Michael A. Adkinson, Jr.

The family, along with their neighbors, as well as local and country police officers quickly split up and searched the area. Marshal was last seen wearing only a diaper, and the search was more difficult by the fact that he is autistic and can’t speak or communicate.

After several hours of searching, neighbor Carol Shelton found the boy about a mile away from his home without physical injuries. Marshal was safe and flanked by two loyal family dogs, Nala and Buckwheat. It was clear that the dogs were by his side, protected and cared for him until someone found them and helped them.

Image credits: Walton County Sheriff, Michael A. Adkinson, Jr.

“Both of his dogs were right there with him,” the neighbor recalled and told the TV station. “[We’re] thankful that the pups kind of guided him along, I guess they kept him safe.”

Image credits: Walton County Sheriff, Michael A. Adkinson, Jr.

“Marshal was in good spirits when found. A little dirty from the walk through the woods, but unharmed and happy,” Corey Dobridnia, the Public Information Officer at the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, told Bored Panda. “Dogs are loyal creatures. I feel like they probably knew to stay with him when they saw he was alone. Their instincts kicked in. They stayed with the boy and watched over him until he was located.”

Image credits: Walton County Sheriff, Michael A. Adkinson, Jr.

Marshal’s family was overjoyed to see their precious little boy back home safe and healthy. They were also immensely proud of their beloved dogs. “They’re doing their job,” the boy’s mom said.

After all, dogs are great companions and we don’t deserve them. If you love this story, please share it with your friends and family members!

h/t: Bored Panda

Related posts

Puppy Found Abandoned At Airport With Heartbreaking Note From Owner, And It’ll Make You Cry

Carolyn Mullet

Woman Watches Her Neighbors Abandon Their Senior Cat And Decides To Save Him

Carolyn Mullet

Little Boy Dresses Up To Help Save Street Animals, Thinks He Is A Superhero To Them

Carolyn Mullet

Man Helps Stray Cat Drink Water From Tap

Carolyn Mullet

Cat Sees His Owner In The Phone And Can’t Hold It

Pawsplanet

Dad Breaks Down In Tears After Finding His Cat Survived The Wildfire

Carolyn Mullet

Family Sanctuary Giving Abandoned Cat A Home In The Scene Of Crisis In Venezuela

Adele Cindy

Teacher Lost Her 16-Year-Old Cat, So Her Students Surprised Her With 2 Rescue Kittens

Thuy Linh

Starving Dog Shows Gratitude And Love Towards Woman Who Rescued Him

Carolyn Mullet

Stray Tiny Kitten Follows Man Home And Begs Him To Adopt It

Carolyn Mullet

Missing Cat Found Twice His Original Size After Living In A Pet Food Factory For 14 Months

Carolyn Mullet

Elderly Woman Reunites With Her Cat Who’d Been Missing For Four Years

Carolyn Mullet