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Former Pet Connection dog alerts owner to trespasser outside

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (NEWS10) - A local woman says she was saved from what could have been a dangerous situation all thanks to some very brave four-legged friends.

“Who knows what he would’ve done had he not been caught.”

A Saratoga County woman explained over the phone what she calls the most frightening night of her life. The night she says she saw a strange man crouched by her bedroom window and attempting to make entry.

The young woman was too afraid to appear on camera.

“I have no idea what would’ve happened to me if I wouldn’t have woken up. Who knows if I’d be here? I mean he was inches away from my bed."

She says the man who was lurking around her house gets out of jail in just a few days and she worries for her safety.

The woman says the alleged trespasser might have never been caught if it wasn’t for her dog Sadie.

“She just started barking as loud as she could and that’s what woke me up. She was barking out the window with her head out the window.”

She says the Saratoga Springs Police Department arrived at the scene shortly after and they brought four-legged reinforcements of their own.

“I’m not thinking they’re going to catch this guy. About five or six minutes later, I see the officers standing at my door again and they tell me that they got the guy and that their dog, Ricki, had found the man in my backyard still.”

The woman says she’s grateful to Ricki and Sadie who happens to be a Pet Connection alumni who she adopted from the Saratoga County Animal Shelter.

“We’re of course super proud of her [Sadie]. It’s just another perfect of example that shelter dogs are not less than and they’re not damaged. There are wonderful animals here looking for homes,” Jason Hayes, the Director of Saratoga County Animal Shelter, said.

Hayes says whether the dog is a Chihuahua or a pit bull like Sadie, you never know when a canine companion can come to your rescue.

“Studies show that folks are far less likely to break into a home when they hear a dog or know a dog lives there,” Hayes said.

The Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office agrees that having a little extra “bark” might not be a bad idea.

“Dogs are often great at hearing things and picking up on things that we don’t. And then they can alert you to things so dogs certainly can’t hurt,” Jeffrey Brown, Captain Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office, said.

The Saratoga County Animal Shelter says they have plenty of dogs like this one available for adoption now who could be your hero too.


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