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Loyal dog leads rescuers to owner's car wreck

A dog whose owner was involved in a late-night car wreck in south Florida helped lead firefighters to the man, officials said.

Gregory Todd Travers, 41, lost control of his car, slammed into a bridge support and rolled over on the darkened stretch of road in Broward County on Saturday night, Davie Battalion Chief Robert Belizaire told the Sun Sentinel.

As firefighters searched the scene for Travers' car on State Road 84 in Davie, they stumbled upon his German shepherd, Simon, limping on the side of the road, Belizaire told the newspaper.


Simon helped lead the firefighters to Travers' car, which was about a quarter mile away. When they reached Travers, Simon circled him twice and licked him, trying to get a response, before he jumped in the car and waited.

 

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It was too late, however, and Travers died at the scene.

"I think the dog definitely meant to lead them there," Belizaire told the Sun Sentinel. "I think he was out there looking for some help."

Simon was taken to the Broward County animal shelter and later picked up by Travers' wife.

“The dog is back home,” shelter spokeswoman Lisa Mendheim told the Sun Sentinel.

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