3-year-old girl uninjured after dog finds her in ditch near Rapid River

 Peanut - Courtesy: Delta Animal Shelter
Peanut - Courtesy: Delta Animal Shelter (WLUC)
Published: Mar. 20, 2017 at 9:21 AM EDT
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UPDATE: A dog that was once abused is being called a lifesaver. According to the Delta Animal Shelter, the dog who found a three-year-old girl in a ditch in the Rapid River area Friday morning is a former abused shelter dog living in a new home.

A letter the dog's owners sent to the shelter says Peanut "started going crazy" around 11 a.m. Friday at their house. The owners let the dog outside and she "went barreling into the field behind our house at full speed" toward the three-year-old girl "curled up in a ball barely alive."

Read more about the dog and the rescue in the Delta Animal Shelter's Facebook post, available below our original story.


A three-year-old girl was found lying naked in a ditch Friday morning near Rapid River, according to the Delta County Sheriff's Office.

At about 11:15 a.m. Friday, an unidentified man's dog noticed the child in the ditch. The man wrapped the girl in his shirt and rushed her back to his home. He then notified authorities.

The girl was uninjured, but was transported to St. Francis Hospital by a UP Health Systems ambulance. Authorities say temperatures were around 32 degrees at the time.

Deputies went door-to-door to try to find the parents. The parents were eventually located at a nearby home.

Investigation revealed unsafe and unsanitary living conditions at the home. Child Protective Services was contacted and the found girl and another young girl were removed from the residence.

The Delta County Prosecutor's Office is reviewing the case.

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