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February 12, 2019
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Hero dog in New York ‘sniffs out danger,’ saves family from gas leak

Sadie is being credited for "sniffing out danger." (Tuckahoe Police Department)

Talk about a good dog.

An 11-year-old pit bull named Sadie has been credited for saving her family from danger after she sniffed out a gas leak in the basement of their Tuckahoe, New York, home.

On Wednesday afternoon around 3:45 p.m., officials with the Tuckahoe Police Department received a call about a barking dog on the loose on Fairview Avenue.

When they eventually managed to return Sadie to her home, officers noticed the sliding door in the backyard was open. Then, after walking the perimeter of the house, they “smelled an odor of gas coming from an open basement window,” the police department wrote on Facebook.

Though it first appeared that “Sadie was being a bad girl,” the police department said, officials with the Eastchester Fire Department and Con Edison later determined there was a gas leak coming from the basement.

“Did Sadie sense danger? Did she smell the gas in the house, and force her way outside to the street to draw attention?” the police department questioned.

Sadie, an 11-year-old pit bull, is credited for saving her owners lives.

"The dog saved the house from a potential gas explosion and gas leak," police Lieutenant Lawrence Rotta t

"She is a hero," Sadie’s owner Serena Costello told the news station, adding she saved both her life and the life of her 4-year-old daughter.

Costello also said she was initially written a summons for having an unleashed dog in the area, but one of the officers on the scene “ripped it up” after the gas leak was discovered.

"She is our hero,” Costello said of Sadie.  It's just so out of character for her to do. She saved our lives.”

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