Family credits dog for rescuing children from possible kidnapping

A couple are crediting their rescue dog Edgar for saving their three kids from a possible kidnapping.

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Pa. — A couple in Pennsylvania are crediting their rescue dog for saving their three kids from a possible kidnapping.

WPMT reports that it comes after a Washington Township man confessed to breaking into multiple homes and looking for a child to abduct.

The Lambert family says their 4-year-old Edgar, a hound-mix, rescued them from what could have been a horrifying situation.

Thom Lambert said last week his dog started acting strange.

“It was like a growl howl with that mixed at the same time,” Lambert said. “It was obvious he was really upset and as soon as I got him to quit barking, I heard sounds of someone going down the stairs.”

The couple’s three daughters, ages 3, 6 and 8, were sound asleep.

Lambert said he called 911 but they didn’t find anything.

A few days later, 20-year-old Thomas Dewald was arrested for abducting a 4-year-girl down the street from Lambert’s home.

According to police, Dewald confessed to locking the young girl into a wooden chest under his bed before escaping while he was at work.

Police say Dewald also confessed he had scoped out other homes with children after the girl got away.

“He said that he had been in the house and then our hearts really dropped,” Lambert said.

Police told Lambert that Dewald came in through a downstairs kitchen window and walked upstairs but was scared off by Edgar.

“He’s just the biggest goofball ever,” Lambert said. “I was like, of course it would be this huge like dumb-dumb pain in the butt that would save our save children lives.”

The family says they are filled with nothing but love and gratitude for their furry knight in shining armor.

“Without Edgar genuinely who knows where our daughters would be right now,” Lambert said. “Our family was 100 percent rescued by our dog that we rescued.”

Lambert says he hopes more people consider rescuing a dog because you never know if they’ll save you.

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