Golden Retriever Helps Find Missing Autistic Boy

Autumn the Golden Retreiver

Photo David Brewster for the Star Tribune

Scott Meyer a 5 year old non verbal autistic boy went missing on Tuesday afternoon under a blazing hot sun neighbors and community members along with their dogs immediately came together to help try to find him. After 20 hours of the community searching for the lost little boy it was an 8 year old Golden Retriever with no special search and rescue or other service dog training that eventually helped to find the little boy. A dog that was almost left home because of the heat and no special training. Jason Moser who is Autumn the Golden Retriever’s owner said he decided to bring her in the end because she loves kids and loves giving them kisses. He can’t remember if after finding little Scotty if Autumn kissed the boy or not but said the boy took water from him and drank it really fast which he took for a good sign.

Scotty didn’t want to leave the spot he was found so Mr. Moser called the rescue crew, his wife, and yelled for help to the other volunteers in the area. The rescue crew loaded up Scotty and reunited him with his parents and then whisked him away to the hospital to be checked out. .

His parents, who also have two older autistic sons, had appeared on television pleading for help and thanking volunteers who turned out by the hundreds. By 8 a.m. Wednesday, the roads surrounding Prescott High School were jammed with hundreds of volunteers ready to board buses and go to the search area surrounding the family’s home. The volunteers were to be sent out in shifts, staying cool in the school’s air-conditioned basement on breaks.

He was taken to Children’s Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. His aunt Rose Poss said the boy was dehydrated, sunburned and suffering from bug bites and severe diaper rash.

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  1. Yeah for the Goldens of this world who love to be loved. They are such sensitive and trusting souls, great companions and champions in rescue. Great story.

  2. AWESOME!! What a great story.

  3. That’s amazing! I love to hear about happy endings 🙂

  4. I was choking up. So glad he is safe!

  5. That is such an amazing story!

  6. What a great story! I’m glad Scott is ok, despite dehydration, sunburn, bug bites and the diaper rash–that’s all stuff that will heal quickly. I could have been a lot worse!! It’s amazing how some dogs just have the ability to do amazing things without any training. I wonder if there’s any search and rescue training in Autumn’s future…

  7. I had a golden retriever as a high schooler and I can honestly say it is the best dog I have ever been around! He always knew when I was sad or going through something difficult at school. Love this story! – Katy

  8. Kathleen says

    That’s an amazing story! Thank you for sharing. Love it.

  9. It’s nice to read heartening, happy ending stories!

  10. what a beautiful story!

  11. I had tears in my eyes!! What an amazing story!

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