On 28 April, Thom Lambert felt something was wrong when his dog, Edgar, when he was acting different and wouldn’t stop barking . The Father from Pennsylvannia said the pup is usually playful and relaxed.
Lambert would soon discover that his watch dog Edgar was reacting to an intruder in the house, who had broken in to abduct Lambert’s three kids.
“It was like a growl-howl,” Lambert said. Explaining the sounds coming from his 4-year-old rescue pup. “It was obvious he was really upset, and as soon as I got him to quit barking, I heard sounds of someone going down the stairs.”
The intruder was 20-year-old Thomas Dewald, who had supposedly abducted another child three days earlier hiding her in a wooden trunk at his grandmother’s house. The 4-year-old somehow escaped hours after she was kidnapped and located on a road nearly three miles from her home.
Dewald was looking for his next victims and snuck in during the middle of the night. “When they interviewed Dewald, he admitted to picking out [the Lambert] house because he knew there were young children in there,” Pennsylvania State Trooper Megan Frazer explains.
Once the dog began barking he alerted the homeowner who woke up and scared away Dewald. He’s now being credited with potentially saving the little girls’ lives.
“The dog is a hero,” Frazer said. Lambert explains that after he got Edgar to quiet down, he went downstairs and discovered that the kitchen door and window were open. He panicked straight away, because he was aware of the abduction of the girl from a nearby township a few nights previous.
After bolting upstairs to make sure his own girls — ages 3 to 8 — were safe, Lambert grabbed a knife and made a sweep of the house and then called 911. “Without Edgar, genuinely, who knows where our daughters would be right now,” Lambert explains. “Our family was one hundred percent rescued by our dog that we rescued.”
Police confirmed Dewald borke into Lambert’s home, with the intention of abducting the children. Lambert said, “He was really drawn to take one of our kids.” Police reported that Dewald also admitted to casing the neighbourhood in the weeks prior, looking for young kids.
Police informed Lambert that Dewald had admitted to fleeing once he heard Edgar’s barking. “He told the police he knows how dogs bark, and the difference between ‘hey,’ and ‘I’m going to hurt you,’” Lambert recounted.
Dewald has since been charged with attempted kidnapping in the Lambert case, and with multiple felony counts including kidnapping, burglary, false imprisonment, unlawful restraint and criminal trespass in connection with the earlier kidnapping of the 4-year-old girl.
Lambert is just glad his girls are safe and sound and that the family made the decision to bring Edgar — once labeled “unadoptable” — into their family
“It’s so damn impossible right now to think we got this dog for any other reason than it was meant to be,” Lambert said. “Everything had to happen in just the right way for him to be there at that moment.”
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