A Millerton man is thanking a newly adopted member of his family. YNN's Crystal Cranmore introduces us to Cindy Lou, the hero dog who helped save a life.
MILLERTON, Pa. -- The pit bull mix sometimes has a scary reputation, but the Young family of Millerton, Pennsylvania wants people to know their dog, Cindy Lou, is far from it.
“She would never hurt anybody, she never barks,” said James Young.
Earlier this month, James Young was home alone and found himself in a frightening situation. He was sleeping on his living room couch when all of a sudden, Cindy Lou started barking.
“I was kind of ignoring and I was like, 'What do you want?' So, I kept pushing her off,” said Young.
But Cindy Lou got more persistent, barking louder and tugging at Young's arm. He woke up to find thick, black smoke filled in the room, and flames shooting out of the laundry room nearby.
“I grabbed the phone and ran outside. I called 911, told them the house was on fire. They told me to stay outside and I said, 'No, I have to go back in to find my dog.’”
The dog, that Young says, saved his life.
“That day of the fire she really proved herself, she knew something wasn’t right and she knew that she had to let me know,” said Young.
The family lost about 90 percent of their belongings, but they were able to save some of their most precious items like wedding photos.
Some of the other items, Young says can and will be replaced. But Young is grateful to be with his family.
The family adopted Cindy Lou from a shelter last year. They say she was neglected and badly abused by her former owners.
“We opened our heart to her and rescued her, and opened our home to her, and she in favor rescued us, rescued me,” said Young.
Love that comes full circle.