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Terrier Helps Save His Canine Companion

Sometimes, a dog is a dog's best friend.

Orange Ma Police Department

It all started when a resident of Orange, Massachusetts had to be transported to the hospital. Her two terriers, Jock and Annabell, got loose and bolted down the road, avoiding any officers who tried to get close.

Several hours later, Officer Chris Bisceglia, who was driving through the area in the hope of spotting one of the canines, noticed a white ball quickly dart out of the trees.

"One of the dogs (Jock) ran up to him, barking. The dog insisted that the officer follow him through a field to an embankment," said a posting on the Orange Police Department's Facebook page. Apparently, Annabell had slid some 30 feet down an icy hill and was now wedged in some downed branches.

"The male partner knew enough to get my attention and bring me to the injured animal," Officer Bisceglia told NBC affiliate WWLP reporter Sy Becker.

Real-Life "Lassie" Rescue 1:27

Firefighters were called in with a ladder and rescued Annabell while Jock stood guard. According to animal control officers, Annabell was bleeding from a laceration on her ear, but otherwise was OK.

"Apparently, any dog in the right circumstance can turn into 'Lassie'!" the police department wrote in their Facebook post. "Nice work by all involved!"