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DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) –  Someone thought so little of a south Dallas dog they abandoned him in a park to live on the wild.  Dog dumping happens so often the ferrel animals run in packs.

But today, this particular black furred dog with white patches is credited with saving eleven lives.

For weeks, the dog eluded animal rescuers trying to help abandoned animals in a south Dallas park.

But, Tuesday night, he greeted the would-be rescuers with incessant barking.

“He’s never acted like that before and I was worried that maybe he was sick or something that happened to him,” Marina Tarashevsce, an animal rescuer with Dallas Dogrrr.

“I told her, I bet you he’s trying to get you to follow him,” said dog behaviorist John Miller.  “Every time we got closer he would go away and bark at us saying, ‘Keep coming. Keep coming my way’.”

The dog led them into very dense woods.

We get about half way to the trail and we hear eww eww, eww,” Miller recalled. “And I said, puppies! We have puppies!”

(credit: CBS 11 News)

(credit: CBS 11 News)

“Somehow we found them and in a burnt out tree right by the creek in the mud, just mom and babies and it’s pitch black and it’s so difficult to get there,” Tarashevsce said.

Ten shivering puppies, an exhausted mom and the dog they call Hero are now safe and warm and dry in a foster home.

(credit: CBS 11 News)

(credit: CBS 11 News)

“He led us there,” Miller said. “He took us to the puppies. That is exactly what he was trying to do.”

“This story is absolutely amazing,” Tarashevsce said.

I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Miller. “I’ve heard about stuff like this but it was awesome to witness it.”

The rescuers say they’ll find homes for the puppet once they’re weaned.

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