OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WEAR) — Two dogs are being praised for helping to keep two children safe that wandered off by themselves.
Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) deputies and state troopers were called to mile marker 44 near Holt around 9 a.m. Saturday after receiving multiple 911 calls about two children, under the age of six, near the highway.
Witnesses told authorities the children were walking in an emergency lane of Interstate 10 and the dogs with them would push the children back against the guardrail if they began to move closer to the highway.
Multiple good Samaritans stopped to check on the kids and dogs. Several reported the dogs stood between the kids and highway and pushed them back when they tried to go forward.
Deputies on scene were able to determine the children were playing in the yard of their home with other kids.
OCSO said the kids reportedly walked away from their foster dad, who had called for them to return but wasn’t able to pursue them “due to an ambulatory condition”.
Teenagers began searching for the missing pair while the dad retrieved his tractor and drove into the woods to try and find them.
OCSO said after a thorough investigation of the incident, deputies determined the foster father made diligent efforts to try and find the children, so no criminal charges were filed.
One of the children told deputies she walked off because she was trying to chase a rainbow.