Abigail Ladwig

Missing tot found SAFE with cocker spaniel mix pup after spending 24 hours alone in woods

A 3-year-old Wisconsin girl and her pup are safe after spending nearly 24 hours alone in the woods.

According to the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department, Abigail Ladwig was located safely on August 10, after she wandered barefoot away from her Sawyer County home with her cocker spaniel mix, Peanut, at around 6:45 p.m. Sunday evening.

At around 7:20 p.m. Monday evening, searchers found the little girl walking with Peanut as she emerged from the woods and into a nearby yard. She was dehydrated and had some insect bites and scratches, Duluth News Tribune reports, but otherwise OK. She was taken to a local hospital for a medical checkup and subsequently released.

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Posted by Sawyer County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday, August 11, 2020


“Thank you to all responders, volunteers who came out to search for Abby and the donations of food and water,” Pat Sanchez, coordinator of Sawyer County Search and Rescue, said shortly after the child’s discovery, according to the Sawyer County Record.

“It’s amazing how in times of need, we all come together for such an amazing outcome.”

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[Feature Photo: Abigail Ladwig/Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department]