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Saturday, 21 April 2018

'Max' stayed by side of missing girl for 16 hours



The pet dog of a three-year-girl who spent 16 hours in the elements has stayed by her side until she was found this morning. 
Three-year-old Aurora reportedly told her mum she was "looking for her" when she took the family dog for a walk from their property at Cherry Gully, south of Warwick, yesterday. 
The alarm was raised after the child couldn't be found about 5pm, sparking a largescale search involving SES crews and two helicopters.
Partially blind dog Max stayed with the three-year-old girl until she was found. (QLD Police)
Partially blind dog Max stayed with the three-year-old girl until she was found. (QLD Police)
A three-year-old girl has been found safe and well after wandering off with her pet dog. (9NEWS)
A three-year-old girl has been found safe and well after wandering off with her pet dog. (9NEWS)
Cherry Gully is south of Warwick, about 180 kilometres west of Brisbane. (9NEWS)
Cherry Gully is south of Warwick, about 180 kilometres west of Brisbane. (9NEWS)
Max, the family dog who is deaf and partially blind, faithfully stayed with the little girl.
Grandmother Leisa Bennett found Aurora this morning and said the dog and young girl slept together in bushes about three kilometres from where she was last seen.
Remarkably, the child's only injuries were scratches and bruises from the rugged terrain.
The girl's grandmother found the pair about 8am this morning on the family property. (9NEWS)
The girl's grandmother found the pair about 8am this morning on the family property. (9NEWS)
The alarm was raised about 5pm yesterday, sparking a large-scale search. (9NEWS)
The alarm was raised about 5pm yesterday, sparking a large-scale search. (9NEWS)
There were fears the child could have fallen into one of the 17 dams near the property.

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