Australian dog receives police honours for keeping lost child safe

  • Australian dog receives police honours for keeping lost child safe

Australian dog receives police honours for keeping lost child safe

She first found Max, who led her to Aurora, who was fine other than a few minor bruises.

A deaf and partially blind old blue heeler named Max kept a three-year-old girl safe while she spent the night lost in Queensland bushland.

But while Max has taken out the spotlight, Aurora's family was overwhelmed by the amount of support offered by police, the SES, Indigenous trackers and members of the community.

"So she'd travelled quite a distance with her dog that was quite loyal to her", he added.

Kelly Benston, Leisa Bennett's partner, expressed their relief on social media, saying the little Aurora had been fearless during her ordeal.

Max is now 17 years old, deaf and going blind as he continues to age. The pair was found during the early hours of Saturday morning, a little over a mile away from her grandfather's house in a mountainous area.

The dog led Ms Bennett and Mr Miller to their beloved Aurora, who was found in thick scrub on top of a very steep mountain.

"When I heard her yell "Grammy" I knew it was her", she said.

The Queensland Police have inducted Max as an honorary police dog for his services in staying with Aurora and leading rescuers to her. "She smelled of dog, she slept with the dog". "I couldn't thank them enough", Ms Bennett said.

Ian Phipps, the area controller for the State Emergency Service - the organisation that arranged the search - said that they eventually found Aurora and Max about two kilometres from the house she had wandered off from, but still on family property in Cherry Gulch, near Warwick, Queensland.

"It could have gone any of 100 ways, but she's here, she's alive, she's well and it's a great outcome for our family".

"With the weather last night it's quite lucky she is well because it was cold, it was cold and raining", he said.