A blue heeler dog from Queensland is being hailed as a hero after he helped police find a missing girl.
Aurora went missing around 3pm on April 20 along with the 17-year-old family dog, Max, who is deaf and partially blind.
The three-year-old disappeared from Cherry Gully, 30km south of Warwick.
Max, a deaf and partially blind blue heeler, stayed by the side of his owner Aurora, three, for 17 hours after she went missing from Cherry Gully, Queensland
Aurora went missing around 3pm on April 20 before being found 17 hours later at 8am on April 21
More than a hundred State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers, along with police and members of the public searched for Aurora, who was found around 8am this morning.
Kelly Benston, the partner of Aurora’s grandmother Leisa Marie Bennett, told the ABC Ms Bennett and other volunteers heard Aurora from the top of a mountain.
Mr Benston told the broadcaster: ‘She found the dog first. Max led her to Aurora.’
A statement from police said: ‘An extensivie land and air search was conducted with the assistance of SES, Polair and Rescue 511.
‘At approximately 8am the child and dog were located on the family property approximately 2km from the home.
‘The child was located with minor cuts and abrasions.
‘Police would like to thank all of the people involved in the search and successful location of the child.’
Kelly Benston, the partner of Aurora’s grandmother Leisa Marie Bennett, told the ABC that Max led Ms Bennett to her granddaughter
Queensland Police Service uploaded an image of the hero dog, accompanied with the lighthearted caption: ‘Such a good boy, Max’
SES area controller Ian Phipps said a family member had spotted the girl and her dog two kilometres away in ‘very inhospitable terrain to go walking in’.
Queensland Police Service uploaded an image of the hero dog, accompanied with the lighthearted caption: ‘Such a good boy, Max!
‘He stayed with his three-year-old human last night whilst she was lost near Warwick.
‘For keeping her safe until she was found, you’re now an honorary police dog!’
Aurora suffered minor cuts and abrasions during the ordeal.