Pit bull breaks out of house, leads police back home to save owner from gas leak

A dog in Westchester County, N.Y. is being hailed a hero after breaking out of her home to save her owner's life. (WCBS via CNN)

TUCKAHOE, N.Y. – A dog in New York is being hailed a hero after breaking out of her home to save her owner’s life.

WCBS reported that police originally thought the dog was on the loose, but then realized the pit bull was on a mission to get help.

Sadie – a 60-pound pit bull – was found wandering the streets of Tuckahoe barking up a storm at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“We got a call of a loose pit bull,” Lawrence Rotta of the Tuckahoe Police Department said.

Police tried to catch her, but Sadie bolted back to her home with police in hot pursuit. When police got there, they said they noticed the sliding door in the backyard was open.

“When they went to investigate they noticed an odor of gas emanating from the doorway,” Rotta told CBS2’s Scott Rapoport.

It turns out there was an actual gas leak in the home. Police believe Sadie ran from the house to get away from it and then led officers back to help.

“What do you think she was doing?” Rapoport asked Sadie’s owner.

“I don’t know. I want to say bringing them here. What else could it be,” Serena Costello said.

Costello, who was not home at the time, is calling Sadie is a hero. She said if not for her precious pit bull, something terrible could have happened.

“An explosion. I have no idea,” Costello predicted.

Sadie’s owner added that she believes Sadie smelled the gas, started scratching frantically at the front door, before somehow nuzzling open the sliding door in the kitchen on her own.

How Sadie was able to figure out how to pry open the sliding door, Costello said she doesn’t know.

Ultimately, she said police called the fire department and energy company. The gas was turned off and everything is now fine – thanks to the 11-year-old pit bull.

“You saved us,” the grateful owner said while embracing her dog.

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