Jeff McShan, public information officer for the county’s fifth precinct, told CNN hundreds of volunteers and officers took part in the search effort. They used an infrared drone camera to hone in on a specific area of the park where they thought there might be an animal or human. Once in the area, volunteers heard the barking of a dog, which led them to Noppe.
“She was located at approx. 3 a.m. Friday by a group of tireless volunteers and deputies who were alerted by the sound of her dog, Max, barking in the woods.”
Max “saved her life,” family friend Michael England told CNN affiliate KTRK-TV.
The loyal dog stayed by Noppe’s side throughout the entire ordeal, even though he was not wearing a collar or leash when the pair were found, KTRK-TV reported.
On Twitter, Constable Heap lauded the efforts of the search team who followed Max’s barking to find Noppe.
Noppe and Max are now safe at home, according to McShan.
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