Virginia Toddler Rescued By Puppies

By: Courtesy WCTV.tv
By: Courtesy WCTV.tv

Three-year-old Jaylynn Thorpe was all smiles after a weekend ordeal in the woods and a brief stay in the hospital.

The toddler's odyssey began last Friday night when he wandered away from his Virginia home.

Once it was obvious the boy was missing, dozens of volunteers showed up to comb the area where he lived.

Rescuers knew it was a race against time between a child without warm clothes wandering in the woods and sub-freezing temperatures expected that night.

Then, what Jaylynn's mother calls "a miracle” occurred - two dogs found the child and curled up against him.

Emergency personnel say the warmth provided by those animals probably meant the difference between life and death as temperatures dipped into the teens.

Halifax County Sheriff Stanley Noblin says the boy was missing for 21 hours. He said the child wandered nearly a mile from home through forest before the rescue team located him.

"When I first saw him, he was like, 'Momma, I got cold. I slept in the woods last night. The puppies kept me warm.' He told me that ... the dogs slept up against him. And I'm sure the body heat kept him warm," said his mother, Sarah Ingram.


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  • by william Location: rocky mount on Dec 14, 2008 at 09:49 AM
    almost makes you think animals are more civilized than humans doesn't it?
  • by Leigh Location: Chocowinity on Dec 14, 2008 at 08:27 AM
    This is a Christmas Miracle.
  • by Chrissy Location: Hubert on Dec 12, 2008 at 06:34 PM
    I am amazed at the instinct of animals everyday, and this story just proves how each and every animal deserves love and life. I am thankful this little boy was saved, and surely as a mother would be providing these dogs a permanent loving home.
  • by Chastity Location: Hookerton NC on Dec 12, 2008 at 02:40 PM
    Oh my lord, Thank God and those dogs that helped that baby live through the night! May god bless that lil boy and his family. I am so thankful to the rescue people also, because they had a big part in the finding of that lil angel. This is the best Christmas ever for this family i am sure.
  • by Tim Location: LaGrange on Dec 12, 2008 at 01:40 PM
    Check out a photo and a story called "The Kiss" on the internet. And a lot of people say animals are dumb.
  • by n Location: kenansville on Dec 12, 2008 at 11:18 AM
    God works in mysteries ways!
  • by Mary Location: North Carolina on Dec 12, 2008 at 03:33 AM
    I'm so thankful this child was found unharmed. If this dogs didn't have a home before, I suspect they have one now!
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