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Old 02-14-2013, 06:37 PM
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Default From our neighborhood, homeless man's life saved by his dog.

This was really close to my house. I'm so glad the dog was able to find help and that the lady took his note seriously, and that the police were so persistent trying to figure out where his owner was. We have a really nice local police force here, and really nice locals as well.


A homeless man in Thurston County who suffered a medical emergency has his dog to thank for saving his life.

On Wednesday afternoon, a woman was walking her dog along railroad tracks in Tumwater when she spotted another dog with a note attached to its harness.

Detective Jen Kolb of the Tumwater Police Department showed KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Chris Legeros the attached note.

“In big letters it said, ‘Help,’” said Kolb. “And on one end it says, ‘Send Help. No Joke. Cannot walk.’ And on the other side it said, ‘Medicine not working. Need doctor.”

The woman who found the note dialed 911, but the note wasn’t signed, and police did not know where the note came from.

Police heard a homeless man with a dog hung out in the area, and eventually found him in an elaborate camp in the woods.

“He was absolutely immobile. He was in his camp and couldn’t move from his location. He didn’t have a phone to call anybody. No way to reach out to anybody for help, and he was afraid he was going to die,” said Kolb.

Police said the note was a desperate, last-ditch effort to survive, and the homeless man attached it to his dog’s harness and sent him off.

The man was treated and released from an Olympia hospital.
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:11 PM
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What a good dog and wonderful woman. Thank god the man got the help he needed.
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:25 PM
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That's so awesome! I'm glad they took it seriously and got him help.
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:38 PM
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What a heartwarming story! Hope somebody gave the dog a steak or two.

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Old 05-08-2013, 11:52 PM
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I feel sad for the homeless man but thank god he got the treatment he needed.
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