Family Dog Saves Two Girls Struck by Lightning

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
Odds are you don’t anticipate getting struck by lightning, and certainly not at a family reunion. But that was the case for two young girls in Utah, and lucky for them, their family dog was there to help save the day (and their lives!).

Two young girls were riding an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) atop a mountain, with their family dog trailing along. The girls were eight and sixteen, and according to the Beaver County Utah Sheriff’s Office, the girls got off to look around. That’s when lightning struck, leaving the girls unconscious on the ground.

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The area the girls were in was near Puffer Lake, which is part of an area known as ‘Big Flat.’ The eight-year-old received the strike right on top of her head, and then the current traveled to the 16-year-old with her, according to officials from Fishlake National Forest.

And, no one would have known, or at least maybe not until it was too late if it weren’t for the heroic little dog that was with them. He recognized something was wrong, and immediately went back to the campgrounds the rest of the family was staying at. They knew something was wrong because the dog was so insistent and they followed him back to the girls.

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First Responders were called and came immediately and the girls were airlifted to a local hospital. The youngest girl was in critical condition and the older girl in serious, but stable condition, and both have been moved to Primary Children’s Hospital for further recovery.

Officials have not released the names of the girls, nor the dog breed, but we have to say that it just goes to show that the loyalty of man’s best friend is life saving!

Lori Ennis
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