Texas prison dogs, handlers credited with saving woman’s life

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HUNTSVILLE, Texas (KWTX) Two Texas prison dogs and their handlers are credited with saving the life of a 62-year-old woman from Porter who was found deep in the woods in San Jacinto County 10 days after disappearing from her home.

The dogs and handlers were from the John M. Wynne Unit, a men’s prison in north Huntsville. (TDCJ photo)

Authorities requested the Texas Department of Criminal Justice K-9 team Friday after finding missing woman’s Ford Explorer.

Within an hour of arriving at the scene, a black Labrador named Huk and a bloodhound named raider found Linda Field near a creek bed.

Paramedics, officers and the dogs’ handlers carried the woman for a distance of about a mile to a waiting ambulance.

Field disappeared on Sept. 17 after somehow getting her hands on the keys to the SUV, her daughter, Laura Bereta, told KTRK in Houston.

“I guess she just felt like she needed to go on a joyride or something,” she said.

Field survived by drinking water from the creek and eating minnows and frogs, KTRK reported.

She was taken to a hospital and has since returned home.

The dogs and handlers were from the John M. Wynne Unit, a men’s prison in north Huntsville.