The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : Dog Finds Missing Woman in Ditch, Alerts Owner The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : Dog Finds Missing Woman in Ditch, Alerts Owner

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Dog Finds Missing Woman in Ditch, Alerts Owner

Suffolk, Virginia - What started out as a regular walk around the neighborhood, quickly turned into a rescue mission for Rebecca Burley and her dog Roxanne.

Burley, is a school teacher who spends much of her time off volunteering at the Isle of Wight Animal Shelter.

On Tuesday, Dec. 29, she was about to run out the door to go to the shelter, but her own rescued lab/hound mix, Roxanne, begged her for a walk.

"So we went out for a walk, right along our usual route around the neighborhood where we have been walking her since August," explained Burley.

However, there was something different about the walk this time. Burley says she noticed a heavy police presence in the area around Cambridge Drive.

"One of the officers pulled up and asked if we have seen someone walking around in a nightgown, and I said no, but assumed it was an elder person," remembered Burley.

Burley continued her walk with her dog. Within minutes, her dog drew her attention to a ditch off of Burbage Drive.

"She pulled me towards a ditch, and there was a woman laying down in a nightgown, it turns out she was in some kind of distress," said Burley.

Burley then alerted others in the area to Roxanne's find and paramedics were called.

Suffolk police tell us that the woman was transported to Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center by fire and rescue personnel.

Burley still does not know who the woman was or how she is doing, but says, if possible, she would like family members to update her through social media.

Roxanne, the rescued dog, was the rescuer that day. Burley says she hopes her dog's actions inspire others to give shelter dogs a chance.

For her good deed of the day, Roxanne was rewarded with an extra cookie at the end of the walk.