DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. – A dog that no one wanted and was almost euthanized alerts her new owner and neighborhood to a potentially dangerous gas leak.

“She is our hero dog because we do not know what the outcome could have been,” said Kailey’s owner, Suzy Chandler.

Before Kailey was a loving family dog, she spent more than a year being passed over by humans in a shelter. The longer Kailey spent in the shelter isolated and alone, the more wary she became of people.

Thankfully one family decided to take a chance on Kailey as her time was nearing her end at the shelter and doing so actually saved their lives…

“The story of what she had been through and it just pulled on our heartstrings, we just thought we would be the perfect people for her,” said Chandler. “It was a perfect match.”

As the days passed, Kailey became more and more accepting of her new owners. Suzy watched proudly as Kailey began to bond with her other pup and slowly started to show affection toward humans!
Despite her progress, it was clear Kailey still held some reservations about people – most of the time she kept to herself and avoided human contact. That’s why Suzy was so surprised when Kailey started acting up one evening.

“All of a sudden she just started barking and looking at us and growling, like trying to get our attention and I said well what’s the matter with her” said Chandler.

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Chandler said she brought Kailey outside and immediately was pulled in a certain direction.

“She pulled me directly over to the side yard,” said Chandler. “Right away I smelled overpowering gas and a loud whooshing sound.”

Concerned for their safety and her DeKalb County neighborhood, Chandler called 911.

DeKalb County Fire rescue responded and said they had to do air monitoring checks at a neighboring apartment complex, a place Chandler said many children live.

“I just don’t take the chances on people lives like this, it is a dangerous situation,” said Chandler.

“I thought it was awesome, Kailey is a like a really really good dog and I thought that was just a nice touch,” said Kailey’s foster parent Keith Santer-Perham.

Chandler hopes that Kailey’s story inspires others to adopt dogs that may need extra care.

“If you have the space, you have room in your heart to take in a needy animal, to love on them, I mean it comes back to you tenfold,” said Chandler.

Learn more about Kailey’s heroism here! The Chandler family is definitely lucky to have her.

Kailey isn’t the only rescued dog who has rescued her family. Among these four-legged heroes last year were a pit bull named Leon who alerted his owner to an intruder in the house, a German Shepherd named Haus who protected a little girl from a rattlesnake, and a pug named Earl who, just a week after he was adopted, woke up his new family and saved them from a house fire.