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Man's Best Friend Saves Girl's Life

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HATTIESBURG, Miss.- A local veterinarian is starting a scholarship fund that will aid financially in training dogs to help people who suffer with diabetes.

"Type 1 diabetes is when my auto-immune system attacks my pancreas," said 11-year-old Shelby Young.

She was diagnosed with diabetes July 5 of this year.

"Unbeknownst to us, she was having all the symptoms of type 1 diabetes all along," said her mom, Kim Young.

She said they thought they knew when Shelby was in trouble., until one night a couple of weeks ago.

"She had never had a low-blood sugar before and was unaware what was happening, but Ransom was, untrained," she said.

"Ransom is a German Shepherd and he is four-years-old," said Shelby.

She said Ransom" alerted them something was wrong.

"He became very aggressive, knocking on the door and then went inside and sat beside her," said Shelby's dad, Justin Young. 

"Whenever they checked me, my blood sugar had dropped to a 54," said Shelby" I was kind of shocked because I didn't know he could do anything like this."

Now to help other kids who suffer from this condition, The Hub City Humane Society set up a scholarship fund for people to donate money.

"The average cost to train these dogs is $10,000," said Dr. Brenda Sumrall of Hub City Humane Society.

All of the money will be used to help ransom receive official training and others dogs who could do the same thing.

"It just makes since to help her and other kids like her." said Sumrall.

For people would like to help an account with Citizens National Bank has been set up for donations. Anyone can donate to this cause at any branch.

A 5k, "Ransom's Run," will be Sept. 28 this year. The money raised from this will also go towards the scholarship fund. For additional information or to help out with the run, contact Dr. Brenda Sumrall at 601-268-1157. 

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