A 14-year-old girl would have fallen off a 60-foot-cliff to her death, were it not for a quick-thinking Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Max.
Max sensed something wasn’t right, and ran away from owner George Conner, 46, to investigate a cliffside near Sussex. The spot has been home to several suicides over the last few years, so Conner knew something could be amiss.
He had no idea what Max was anxious about.
‘Being the nosey guy that he is, he started whining and pulling on his lead,” Conner told the Daily Mail. “I could see a shape and thought it might be some rubbish, but when we got closer I saw someone was sitting up there on the cliff ledge.”
Max refused to leave the young girl’s side until police arrived to help. It’s unknown how long the young girl had been sitting near the cliffside, but the effects hypothermia had begun to set in.
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“The officers went over to the cliff edge and tried to get her attention but she wasn’t moving. So they decided to pull her through the fence and away from the edge,” Conner said. “She wasn’t really coherent. It looked like she was suffering from hypothermia and the police said her eyes were rolling back into her head.
“It’s anyone’s guess how long she had been up there. She was sitting on a part of the cliff where, if she had passed out and fallen, she would have died.”
The girl was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital for treatment, and is expected to make a recovery.
Conner thinks all the thanks belongs to Max, who he has owned since the dog was just six months old.
“A police officer came up to me and said, ‘you’ve saved her life,’ but I said, ‘no I didn’t, it was Max who found her,'” Conner said.
Now six years old, Max is just as vigilant as ever.
“He’s got a great temperament and is a very friendly dog who is always ten steps ahead of the game,” Conner said. “If I’m ever ill he always notices. I don’t know if I would have found her without him.”
Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.
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