Sevier County family adopts ‘hero’ dog who saved child from stray dog attack

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A Sevier County family credits a four-legged hero with saving their three-year old’s life. The scary situation set up a very happy birthday celebration on Wednesday.

The Bentley family says Oreo the dog had only been in their Seymour neighborhood for a few days and they now believe guardian angels come in all shapes.

“For her third birthday, she gets her hero dog,” said Sima Bentley.

Bentley says two weeks ago, Oreo saved her granddaughter, Aurora Bentley, who turned 3-years old on Wednesday.

“The ‘what ifs’ could’ve been very bad. Very bad,” she said.

Bentley says Aurora was running across the yard to play one Sunday.

“The other stray dog had come down out of the woods off the mountain behind the house and the Oreo dog, which is what they’ve nicknamed him, he ran across the yard and put himself in between Aurora and the other stray dog. The dog attacked him instead of attacking the baby,” she said.

The Bentleys rushed Oreo to Sevier Animal Care Center where he was bandaged and put up for adoption since he was a stray.

“At the time I was just on a mission to save the dog. I didn’t even realize what had happened and we weren’t really looking to adopt a dog,” explained Bentley.

When something like this happens, Bentley says she couldn’t not adopt Oreo. 

“I always tell people that God shows up when you least expect it and for me, that was God putting an angel in our yard that day. I’m so grateful that we get to keep him,” Bentley said.

That’s why birthday celebrations for Aurora had to happen at Sevier Animal Care Center.

“He’s going to be a very spoiled dog at this point. He’s going to go everywhere we go, he’s going to sleep in the house on a bed and whatever he wants, he’s going to get,” said Bentley.

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