While this is truly a sad tale, as animal lovers we always like to share a story about the bond of a man and his dog.
Russell Sandlin, 61, of Newberry County, SC was last seen on Lake Murray on Sunday. When Sandlin missed several appointments, his employer called the police and reported him missing.
When deputies arrived at Sandlin’s home to check on him they found his home unlocked and lights on. His cars were there, but the boat was missing. The neighbors told authorities they saw Sandlin leave with his dog Sadie, a Weimaraner, and his boat around 4pm on Sunday.
According to WISTV, Sandlin’s boat was found around 6:30pm near his home at Spring Creek on Saluda River on Wednesday evening, with Sandlin’s body inside and Sadie licking his face. Branches had entangled Sandlin’s body and Sadie had tried to gnaw the limbs to get Sandlin free.
The way the boat was found indicated that it had been traveling at a high rate of speed when it hit the bank, probably throwing Sandlin’s body forward. The Saluda County coroner’s office said there was no sign of foul play and that Sandlin died from blunt force trauma to his head.
Sadie suffered through wind, cold, rain and four days without food, never leaving her masters’ side. Sandlin’s wife who lives in South Carolina will be taking care of Sadie.
Courtesy of www.examiner.com.