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Family dog shields little boy from storm after getting lost


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Family dog shields little boy from storm after getting lost

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED May 8, 2014

Carson Urness, 3, went missing from his family's farm in Cooperstown, N.D., on May 5 around 7 p.m. The Urness' family dog, Cooper, also 3, had disappeared too. Urness' mother, Courtney, called 911.

"ATVs, horses, and ... footwalkers showed up," Sheriff Robert Hook tells local media source Valley News Live. "Even the neighbors, business owners and bankers. They just came out and thought they needed to help." In total, 200 volunteers joined the search party and searched more than 2,000 acres.

Due to heavy rains, the search was about to be called off until miraculously, at 2 a.m.,"[One volunteer] went over the hill and shot his [ATV)]headlights and Cooper stood up just enough to let him know he was there," Courtney tells Valley News Live. 

Cooper had been lying on top of Urness to keep him dry and warm while the child allegedly slept through the storm. The best friends were found one mile from home.

The toddler reportedly wandered from his family's farm and got lost along the way.

Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.