wjxt logo

‘Follow me’: Dog finds help, leads cops to owner’s car crash

Tinsley with her owner, Cam Laundry, who survived a crash after Tinsley led rescuers to the crash site. (Provided by WPTZ BURLINGTON)

LEBANON, N.H. – A German shepherd named Tinsley, first thought to be a lost dog, successfully led New Hampshire state police to the site of its owner’s rollover crash.

Both the vehicle’s occupants were seriously hurt, but thanks to Tinsley’s dogged efforts they quickly received medical assistance once officers discovered the truck, which went off the road near a Vermont interstate junction, WMUR-TV reported Tuesday.

“The dog was trying to show them something,” said Lt. Daniel Baldassarre of the New Hampshire State Police. “(She) kept trying to get away from them but didn’t run away totally.

“It was kind of, ‘Follow me. Follow me.’ And they did that and you know, to their surprise to see the guardrail damaged and to look down to where the dog is looking at, it’s just, they were almost in disbelief,” he said.

A New Hampshire state trooper and police from the nearby city of Lebanon responded to the crash site late Monday, just across the state line in Vermont.

According to WPTZ Burlington, the two men in the truck -- including Tinsley’s owner, Cam Laundry -- were ejected when the truck flipped.

“She’s my little guardian angel you know,” Laundry told the news outlet, which provided a photo of the owner with his hero dog. “It’s a miracle that she had that kind of intelligence to do what she did.”