A Pennsylvania family is crediting their four-year-old Treeing Walker Coonhound, Edgar, with preventing their daughters from being abducted from their home in the middle of the night. When the Lamberts first met Edgar at a local humane society shelter, they instantly fell in love with the dog, who had spent four years living on the streets and was labeled as "unadoptable" by a shelter in West Virginia. They decided to roll the dice and brought Edgar home with them.
"It's so damn impossible right now to think we got this dog for any other reason than it was meant to be,"Thom LamberttoldPennLive. "Everything had to happen in just the right way for him to be there at that moment."
Lambert was woken up on April 28 by Edgar who was acting strangely. Edgar, who is typically calm and relaxed would not stop growling, and Thom realized something was wrong.
"It was like a growl howl with that mixed at the same time,"he told FOX43. "It was obvious he was really upset, and as soon as I got him to quit barking, I heard sounds of someone going down the stairs."
Lambert rushed downstairs and noticed a window and door were both open. He grabbed a pair of knives from the kitchen and rushed upstairs to check on his three young girls. Once Thom knew they were safe, he called 911 and started to search his home for the intruder. He was unable to locate the man and authorities had no luck tracking him down.
The next day,authorities announced that were able to identify the suspect and took him into custody. 20-year-old Thomas Dewald was charged with kidnapping, criminal attempt kidnapping, burglary, false imprisonment, unlawful restraint, criminal trespass, and indecent assault. They alleged that he was responsible for kidnapping another four-year-old girl a few days earlier and stuffing her in a wooden box underneath his bed. Luckily, the young girl managed to escape while Dewald was at work.
Dewald told investigators that after the first girl escaped, he decided to kidnap another child and targeted the Lamberts' home. He told police that when he heard Edgar growling, he realized the dog was a threat and decided to run from the house.
"Without Edgar, genuinely, who knows where our daughters would be right now," Lambert said. "Our family was one hundred percent rescued by our dog that we rescued."