Hero Canine Saves Boy With Autism From Tennessee Floodwaters
A dog is hailed as a hero after rescuing a boy trapped in the Tennessee waters.
The dog Cooper was missing during a flash flood that devastated parts of Tennessee, including the city of Waverly.
He was reported as “found” in a post on Concerned Citizens of Humphreys County Facebook group.
According to the comments on this post, Cooper was pulled out of a creek by a lifeboat. With him, a boy with autism was pulled out of the brook.
The boy was reportedly trapped in the floods and “hanging on a pole” when Cooper swam down the creek and nudged the boy to hold on to him. The boy clung to the dog until the boaters spotted them and credits him for saving his life.
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Cooper was taken to the Waverly Animal Clinic while his owners were being identified, and thanks to the Facebook post, it wasn’t long before his mother found him.
Caitlyn Rochelle commented on the post: “He’s ours !!! this is our Cooper !! ”
In an interview with the Daily Mail, she said, “It made me cry. It was no surprise that he saw someone else in need and went after him. ”
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She told the Daily Mail that Cooper was “swept away” during the flash flood. A tree had crashed through their roof and their house filled with water.
While her family “lost everything” in the flood, Rochelle is simply grateful that Cooper not only survived but helped save someone.