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Missing Canton Girl Found in Wooded AreaVan Zandt County, sheriff credits family's pit bull...
Nbcdfw.com ^ | 2-3-2012

Posted on 02/03/2012 4:58:21 AM PST by Dysart

A 3-year-old Canton girl who wandered away from home Thursday afternoon was found safe six hours later.

Van Zandt County Sheriff Pat Burnett Jr. said Zoey Smith was found just after 7 p.m. in a wooded area nearly two hours away, holding on to the collar of the family's pit bull named Brownie.

"The dog helped her stay safe, I think," he said.

NBC 5's Omar Villafranca snapped a photo of paramedics checking on Zoey inside an ambulance.

"It's just been a nightmare and a dream all come true in one night, you know?" said her father, Steven Smith.

Burnett said deputies began searching for the little girl after she was reported missing from her grandmother's home in the 1500 block of County Road 4027 in Canton.

(Excerpt) Read more at nbcdfw.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: chet99; child; safe

1 posted on 02/03/2012 4:58:25 AM PST by Dysart
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To: Chet 99

Video at link


2 posted on 02/03/2012 4:59:05 AM PST by Dysart ("Don't worry, it's not loaded")
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To: Dysart

Good dog!


3 posted on 02/03/2012 5:05:44 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: Dysart

“in a wooded area nearly two hours away,”

? 2hrs walk? 2 hrs drive?


4 posted on 02/03/2012 5:05:58 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Dysart

I know pit bulls and variants are the devil according to many but GOOD BOY!!!!


5 posted on 02/03/2012 5:11:29 AM PST by VaRepublican (I would propagate taglines but I don't know how. But bloggers do.)
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To: Dysart

Good doggie!


6 posted on 02/03/2012 5:17:25 AM PST by ZX12R (FUBO GTFO 2012 ! We should take off and Newt washington from orbit.)
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To: nuconvert

The video says she was 2 MILES away.

Not 2 hours as the article states.


7 posted on 02/03/2012 5:22:23 AM PST by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Dysart

Dang. Just before the Pit got to eat her.


8 posted on 02/03/2012 5:24:26 AM PST by TangoLimaSierra (To the left the truth looks Right-Wing.)
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To: Dysart

Don’t you just love the media! Good dog and smart kid!


9 posted on 02/03/2012 5:25:06 AM PST by Cricket24 (Proud to be a CONSERVATIVE WOMAN!!!!!!!)
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To: Dysart

At last a pit that does good gets some good press.


10 posted on 02/03/2012 5:30:07 AM PST by hadaclueonce (scrap copper is more than $3.00 a pound. wind generators are full of copper)
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To: nuconvert

That’s a misprint in the text. Video says it was nearly two miles...still a fur piece for a 3-year-old.


11 posted on 02/03/2012 5:32:51 AM PST by Dysart ("Don't worry, it's not loaded")
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To: Dysart; Bigh4u2

“Video says it was nearly two miles...”

Thanks. Yes, that’s a long way for a 3 yr old


12 posted on 02/03/2012 5:38:42 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: fatnotlazy

Good dog?

Brownie likely led the little girl into danger into the wilderness. I’d think twice before leaving her alone again with that dog.


13 posted on 02/03/2012 5:39:38 AM PST by fwdude
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To: Dysart

Wonderful story. Just my opinion but Brownie looks like a Pit mix (do I see Lab or Retriever in the DNA?). Good boy, Brownie... you kept that little one safe!


14 posted on 02/03/2012 6:01:11 AM PST by momtothree
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To: fwdude

I found a little girl one day that had wandered away from home and it was because the dog took off and she followed it. It very well could have been the dog’s fault.


15 posted on 02/03/2012 6:04:40 AM PST by tiki
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To: tiki
It could of been the grownups fault......where were they?
Why was the little girl of three outside alone?
16 posted on 02/03/2012 6:12:50 AM PST by mickie
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To: momtothree
Don't think we have a mix here. Lots of exp here with these types of dogs. To me, appears to be a classic Staffordshire Terrier type. IME, they tend to be most the loyal and family friendly of this type. There are some exceptions due to bad breeding, poor caretaking/abuse/social exposure, and other external factors, but the rule holds true broadly.

Not seeking to dredge up and relive wacky PB Type dogs wars here on FR, just sharing my experience in view of the nice story of the recovered safe-and-sound-child.

Too often these missing young child reports turn tragic. This was a rewarding read this am, I thought.

And not a hint of Politics!

17 posted on 02/03/2012 6:30:12 AM PST by Dysart ("Don't worry, it's not loaded")
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To: fwdude

Well, yes—certainly— leaving a 3 yo alone outdoors with an alpha dog who will likely lead said child around in its desired direction. No one advocates allowing a dog to walk a child away from home sans parental supervision. We have a parental issue here.


18 posted on 02/03/2012 6:49:46 AM PST by Dysart ("Don't worry, it's not loaded")
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To: Dysart
We have a parental issue here.

Agreed. If you watch the news broadcast of the story, you'd see the parents look like OWS types. Mom has pierced eyebrows; punky looking. Dad looks like a grunge musician.

Before anyone protests here, YES you often CAN judge by appearances, when it comes down to how you CHOOSE to look.

19 posted on 02/03/2012 6:55:03 AM PST by fwdude
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To: fwdude
you'd see the parents look like OWS types.

I'm perilously close to sounding like an old man here(as I'm not-I'm 45) or snobbish, but these underclass ambassadors we see in this video are becoming normative...and has much broader implications for society. Disappointing.

They may not be reprobates, per se. Just demonstrably substandard citizens or limited, who will not be leading our country's resurgence.

20 posted on 02/03/2012 7:26:41 AM PST by Dysart ("Don't worry, it's not loaded")
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To: Dysart

I absolutely agree! You can tell he is a loving dog because of the way he interacted with the neighbors. Plus, the article never mentioned that there was a problem when rescue workers found the little girl (meaning he didn’t growl or become extremely protective against the strangers). He certainly deserves a big steak!


21 posted on 02/03/2012 10:13:58 AM PST by momtothree
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