A dog once labelled by a shelter as “unadoptable” became a hero to the family who rescued him after the dog scared off an intruder inside their house planning to abduct their three daughters.
Melissa Lambert had taken her kids to a Humane Society shelter so they could play with the animals at the shelter. She had taken her kids to the shelter many times before, but this time she met and felt a connection with Edgar, a coonhound who had recently gotten into the animal shelter.
Sadly, Edgar had remained homeless even after his transfer from a West Virginia shelter, where the workers had labeled him “unadoptable”, but that was all about to change.
Walking into the shelter earlier, Melissa had no desire to adopt a dog, but she changed her mind after interacting a little with poor Edgar.
So the Lambert family adopted Edgar and took him home. In no time, Edgar was best-friends with the three little Lambert girls.
On April 25, a neighbor of the Lambert family, Stephanie Moats, woke up suddenly at 3:30 a.m. only to find her husband in a dead panic, according to The Patriot-News,. Their 4-year-old daughter, Gemma, had disappeared from their home and the door to her room and their front door both had been left wide open.
Later that day, the police realized someone had abducted the little girl after she was found on the side of the road.
Three days after that incident, the Lambert home was struck. In the middle of the night, the girls’ dad, Thom Lambert was woken up by Edgar’s relentless and ferocious barking. “He started losing his mind. It was pure rage.” Thom said.
Thom tried to calm his dog, only to be startled himself by the sound of feet scurrying away downstairs. He rushed downstairs to find his kitchen door and a window wide open, his heart dropped to his stomach. He feared the worst as he remembered the Moats’ abduction.
He quickly armed himself with kitchen knives and ran to check on his little girls. They were all fine. He quickly took them into his room to his wife, handed her a knife and went back downstairs to call 911 as he continued checking every room in his home.
Edgar is usually a chilled out dog, so much so that when the police came to check on the family, they hardly believed that the docile dog had actually scared off the intruder.
“Edgar was just there on the floor sleeping while the cops were clearing the house with their guns drawn. And the cops are like, ‘So this is the dog that you’re saying went nuts?’” Thom recalled.
The good news is that the criminal behind the break in was eventually captured and he is currently in custody. Police charged the suspect, Thomas Dewald, 20, in connection with the Moats abduction after he confessed that he had locked that girl into a wooden box, but she escaped the next morning after he went to work and hence had gone to the Lambert family looking to kidnap another child.