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What Lassie would do: Homeless man sends dog to get help

TUMWATER, Wash. – It’s the kind of thing Lassie did.

A Tumwater police detective said an ailing homeless man attached a note seeking help to his dog’s harness and sent the animal out in hopes someone would read the message.

Detective Jen Kolb told Seattle’s KIRO-TV (http://is.gd/EhVhBQ) that a woman walking her dog along railroad tracks on Wednesday spotted the dog with the note, which read, “Send Help. No Joke. Cannot walk.” It also said, “Medicine not working. Need doctor.”

The note was unsigned, but police eventually found the man’s camp.

Kolb said the man was immobile and was afraid he was going to die, so he sent his dog, Buddy, for help.

KIRO reported the man was treated at an Olympia, Wash., hospital and released.

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