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Dog saves elderly owner's life

Kathryn Larkin fell in her car port, and her dog Maggie led help to her side. (December 2, 2010 / WRDW-TV)
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News 12 First at Five / Thursday, December 2, 2010

AIKEN, S.C.---We all know dogs are man's best friend, but for one Aiken woman, her dog is now her hero. The elderly woman fell and rolled under her car where she couldn't be seen. Now Kathryn Larkin's dog Maggie is being hailed a hero.

Kathryn rescued Maggie five years ago at a shelter. Now Maggie gets to return the favor.

Early Tuesday morning, Kathryn had just walked her dog when she fainted, fell on her face, and hit her head. It happened in the carport at the side of her home, and neighbors say since they wouldn't have been able to see her, she could have been left there for days.

Despite her serious injuries, Kathryn still tried to hold on to what's important to her--her dog Maggie. "Yeah, I was holding onto the leash," she said. "I didn't want to let her loose, but she wanted to get loose and she got loose and she ran out to the street."

The 83-year-old can't believe what her dog did for her. "I love my dog. She's a great dog. She's been a very good dog. I didn't realize she was that smart," Kathryn said.

Aiken Public Safety Animal Control Officer Jeff Wilson got a call that a leashed dog was loose in the area. He got a glimpse of Maggie a block away from her home, and when he spotted her, she darted toward the back of the complex and led him to the townhouse.

"When I pulled up in the driveway, I saw the dog in the driveway," Jeff said. "When I approached the dog and came to this point is when I saw the victim laying by the tire."

Kathyrn's not sure how long she was on the ground, but she was already feeling sick and cold. "My legs collapsed on me, and I went down and smashed my face. Next thing I knew a man was coming up the driveway, and he said, 'The dog just saved your life'."

At first Jeff feared the worst. "I thought she was dead," he said. "Then I realized as I approached her that her eyes were open, and she started blinking."

"I've been doing this for 26 years, and I've never had this happen to me," he continued. "Dogs have brought me home, but not brought me home to someone hurt."

Jeff's happy he found Kathryn and got her the help she needed, but he doesn't consider himself a hero. "The dog is a hero," he said. "The dog either needs a medal or a big piece of steak."

When we told Kathryn what Jeff said, she laughed and said she has nothing but love for her best pal. "She's part of my life. I just can't wait to hug her."

Maggie is staying at Aiken's Veterinary Clinic until Kathryn comes back home.


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Kathryn Larkin's dog Maggie is being hailed as a hero for getting help after Kathryn fell in her car port. (December 2, 2010 / WRDW-TV)
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Kathryn Larkin fell in her car port, and her dog Maggie led help to her side. (December 2, 2010 / WRDW-TV)