A pit bull, named Sadie, from Westchester County, New York, is being hailed as a hero after she saved her family.
She was found up the street from her home Wednesday afternoon barking incessantly in people’s yards.
Police say they received a call at 3:45 p.m. about a lone dog barking nonstop and were dispatched to the home.
“The dog then ran and took the officers through several streets, and then lead them back to the dog’s residence into the backyard,” police Lt. Lawrence Rotta said.
Officers found a broken fence and an open sliding glass door.
As police investigated further, they noticed the distinct smell of gas coming from an open basement window.
Eastchester Fire Department and Con Edison were called to the scene immediately and confirmed the officer’s suspicions.
“The dog saved the house from a potential gas explosion and gas leak,” Rotta said.
After the leak was taken care of, police noticed claw marks and blood on the back of the door. The family says this proves that Sadie knew something was wrong and worked frantically to open the door.
“She went from being in time out to being my girl,” owner Serena Costello said. “It looks like she was trying to get out this window…She was determined to get out.”
Sadie chewed and dug until she removed a wooden blocker keeping the sliding door shut and managed to run out into the backyard. Costello has owned Sadie for 11 years and says Sadie has never gotten out of the house before.
“This is my contraption I built so she never got out, which always worked since I’ve been here,” Costello said. “But she nestled through here and escaped through the fence.”
At the time of the incident, Costello was at work. A friend called her and alerted her to a police presence at her home and she left immediately. Costello says if it weren’t for Sadie, she and her daughter would’ve come home to a situation that was highly dangerous.
“She is a hero,” she said. “She is our hero. It’s just so out of character for her to do. She saved our lives. Yeah. Emotional.”
But there is one small problem that was quickly resolved …
“They had to write me a summons, which they didn’t want to, but I guess it’s the law for having an unleashed dog in the area,” Costello said. “But one of the police officers, I guess after ConEd said that (it) was a gas leak, took the summons and ripped it up.”