Pet helps find Golden Alert woman

Tina Waltz
Tina Waltz

Fairdale, KY - By Matt McCutcheon - e-mail | bio

FAIRDALE, KY (WAVE) - It's not every day that you turn on your TV, hear a description of someone, and then see that person virtually right outside your front door. But on July 8, that was the case for a Fairdale woman.

It's a happy ending to a Golden Alert issued Wednesday night, and in a way, you could say a dog came to the rescue.

"We saw an alert on a 55-year-old woman with a yellow t-shirt and khaki colored pants," Tina Waltz said.

That was the description Waltz and her fiancé heard about the Golden Alert while watching WAVE 3 Sunrise earlier that morning. Moments later, it was time for a morning tradition with their dog, Angel.

"We brought her outside to use the restroom and happened to see her and never noticed her before living back here," Waltz said.

That suspicious person turned out to be Sharron Gardner, the 55-year-old missing woman.

"They said she'd been missing since Wednesday night and Dixie is a long ways from here," Waltz said.

Gardner suffers from dementia, paranoid schizophrenia, and Alzheimer's. Waltz remembered hearing all of that and rushed to help.

"And I said why don't you come on in and cool off and get something to drink, you look hot," Waltz said.

Waltz called 911 and a Louisville Metro Police officer came to take Gardner back home. The officer called Waltz and her fiancé a hero.

"I said well we did anything any normal person would do," Waltz said.

Instead, they a're giving all the credit to their Pomeranian.

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