Missing girl, 4, found alive after loyal dog protected her in forest for days

A four-year-old girl who vanished in a forest has been found safe with her loyal dog – who stayed by her side "the whole time".

Little Evelyn Vadie Sides disappeared two days ago while walking her dog in Auburn, Alabama.

Cops launched a massive search amid fears she had been kidnapped – and found her shivering 48 hours later next to her beloved pooch.

Lee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Drew Peacock said: "The dog was with her protecting her the whole time."

Speaking after Evelyn was retuned home by ambulance, gran Harriet wept: "I’m so happy and grateful to God for watching over my beautiful granddaughter and bringing her safely back to us".

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency issued a Missing Child Alert within hours of the schoolgirl's disappearance.

An Amber Alert launched described her as a female with red hair, green eyes, and a red mark on her nose.

She was wearing a short-sleeve floral dress at the time of her disappearance.

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Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones told OANOW: “What we have reported was a four-year-old child that was in the care of a friend of the family of the child.

“She reported that she and the child were out near the residence taking a walk and the child disappeared from view."

The investigation was conducted on foot in the wooded area, while a helicopter scanned the forest with an infrared camera.

Hundreds of locals joined the search, along with Southwest Volunteer Fire Department, Lee County Deputies, ALEA Troopers, and agencies from surrounding counties.

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