4-year-old girl found alive in woods after 2 days with hero dog ‘who protected her’

It was a joyous moment for the officers, search party volunteers and especially the family of 4-year-old Evelyn “Vadie” Sides when she was found two days after being reported missing.

The Alabama youngster had gone for a walk with her pet dog Lucy and nanny in woodland but had become separated.

Hundreds of volunteers had joined police officers, drones, helicopters and sniffer dogs in the search and were eventually alerted to her dog barking.

Facebook / Amanda Sides

“The dog was with her protecting her the whole time’’, Andrew Peacock, a spokesperson for Lee County Sheriff’s Office said as per Independent.

Police posted an appeal after Evelyn was reported missing on March 25 saying sheriff deputies, K9 units and volunteer Fire & Rescue personnel were out looking for her.

GOOD NEWS: Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones confirmed Friday afternoon that Evelyn Vadie Sides has been located and is safe.

Posted by WTVM News Leader 9 on Friday, March 27, 2020

“She may be accompanied by a hound dog, reddish in color with a collar. An ALEA state helicopter is also in the area for search operations,” the post read.

Her trusted hound returned home after alerting officers to the spot where Evelyn was.

Her family posted a video to Facebook in which Evelyn describes the incident as if it’s no big deal: “We took a walk but then I got too fast and got running and got lost and then I started calling for nanny but nanny was too far.”

Vadie added: “I slept by a road, the first night, and … and the second night I slept where they found me.”

JUST IN: 4-year-old Evelyn Vadie Sides has been found safe after going missing on Wednesday with her family's dog.

Posted by CBS 42 on Friday, March 27, 2020

Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones told AL.com they found Vadie “a little bit dehydrated but not that much worse for the wear.”

Gatorade, water, banana and snacks helped her out.

“The best part of this whole thing was getting to see this child reunited with her parents,” Sheriff Jones told The New York Times. “Ecstatic may not be a good enough word. It was extremely emotional.”

Evelyn’s mom Amanda says: “To all the volunteers who went out in the middle of the global pandemic to walk around the forest, sometimes during the early morning hours, God bless you,” according to USA Today .

I do not have enough words to express the proper gratitude to all of our community that came out to help us find this little angel. Jay Jones, Jimmy Taylor, and the rest of the Lee County Sheriff's Department, Lee County, Alabama Emergency Management Agency, Auburn PD, Opelika PD, Air Force National Guard, Macon County Sheriff's Department…. the list goes on and on. Thank you all so much. We have been overwhelmed by the unending unbelievable support we've gotten from this community. Also, the people who kept me alive, force fed me water and chicken broth, searched the woods endlessly, and basically lived at Nanny's house until she was found.. Amanda D. Odom Yeager, Doug Yeager, Jennifer K Johnson, Jessie Smith, Melanie Payne, Kyle Payne, Willie Terrell Payne, Nick Reardon, Erin Lance Hunter, Pamela Lee Sides, Kenneth Busby, Carole Corsby, Wes Burt, and Samantha Burt Copelan, I will probably never be able to thank you all enough. To all of the volunteers who came out in the middle of a global pandemic to traipse around in the woods, sometimes into the early morning hours, God Bless you all. Anyone I've forgotten just know that you are loved and we are incredibly grateful. We have been on an emotional roller coaster the last few days, and today I'm finally starting to breathe normally again. Vadie is still recovering in the hospital, but she is doing very well. She asked me to record her telling her story. It is what I would call the short version for sure, but below is the video of Vadie telling me what happened to her. I'm sure she will have more details in the future.

Posted by Amanda Sides on Saturday, March 28, 2020

Thank goodness Evelyn was found safe, thanks to the hundreds of people out looking for her and her trusted four-legged friend.

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