Florida Woman's Loyal Dogs Caught On Video Saving Her Life When She Has Stroke

Maureen Hatcher's doorbell camera captured the moment when her pets saved their owner's life.

February 08, 2019
Maureen Hatcher, Bella, and Sadie [KSEE video screenshot]

Maureen Hatcher, Bella, and Sadie [KSEE video screenshot]

Maureen Hatcher, Bella, and Sadie [KSEE video screenshot]

By: Mike McPadden

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL — Two loyal dogs have been credited with saving the life of their owner after she suffered a stroke, and their heroic action was caught on video by a doorbell camera.

Maureen Hatcher, 62, collapsed in her St. Augustine home on December 3 as the result of a clot cutting off blood to the right side of her brain. While she lay helpless on the floor, Bella and Sadie — her loyal Labradors — came to investigate. As Hatcher recalled, “I said, ‘Mommy needs help!’ and they were gone.”

In an instant, Bella and Sadie raced out of the house and over to a neighbor’s home, barking to get her attention. The neighbor responded by checking in on Hatcher, seeing her in distress, and calling 911. EMS workers arrived quickly and rushed Hatcher to a comprehensive stroke center in Jacksonville.

The entire life-and-death drama was recorded in real time by Hatcher’s Ring doorbell security camera, and the video has subsequently gone viral.

Since time is of the essence when it comes to preventing brain damage from a stroke, Bella and Sadie’s immediate response not only saved Hatcher’s life, it insured her full recovery. Doctors were able to rapidly remove her blood clot.

Hatcher said her front door normally locks automatically, so it must have been slightly ajar in order for Bella and Sadie to run to the rescue. She also thanked her neighbor, describing her as “an angel across the street,” as well as the EMS crew and medical team who came to her aid.

Of course, Hatcher is also most profoundly grateful to her two best friends, Bella and Sadie. As she hugged the dogs, Hatcher told a reporter, “By rights, I shouldn’t be in the shape I’m in. I am blessed … very blessed.”

Read more: People, Miami Herald, KTRA

Next Up

You Can Adopt Dogs That Flunked Out Of Service Training Because They Were 'Too Nice'

Mission K9 works to find older service dogs, while Freedom Service Dogs of America focuses on training shelter dogs to become service dogs.

Surveillance Video Captures Man Obsessively Licking Couple’s Intercom Call Button

“This guy's getting some sick jollies off of something,” says homeowner David Dungan.

'Superhero' Cop Caught On Tape Playing Dolls With Nervous Kids During Gas Scare

While emergency crews investigated the leak, which was ultimately deemed not a threat, Officer Fleming made sure the kids were safe and then took time to playfully interact with them.

How A Michigan Community Is Working to Reduce Negative Police Stops

The goal is to prevent a traffic stop “fishing expedition” and racial profiling, Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton says.

Missing Child Featured On ‘In Pursuit With John Walsh’ Found Safe

In July 2021, investigators said Amaria Hall walked into their police station to let them know she is okay and not missing anymore. Although Hall wouldn’t disclose where she’s been for more than two years, she is healthy and safe.

Indiana Police Department Asks For Cat Food Instead Of Cash For Parking Tickets

Officers said they had the idea after visiting a local shelter in need of supplies, and that most donations came from people who didn't even have tickets to pay.

Quincy Police Department Awards Championship Belt To 'Stone Cold Steve Opossum'

After an officer rescued the stranded baby opossum last week, the Quincy PD reports he's “resting like a champ” — and they properly decorated him!

Texas Police Officers Rescue & Adopt Adorable Kittens Stuck Inside Car Bumper

The officers took them to a vet, who told them that the babies were around six weeks old.

Good Boy! Rescue Dog Is Hero After Saving 3 Little Girls From Possible Abduction

Adopted hound mix Edgar reportedly scared off a stranger who was in their home and confessed to kidnapping a toddler down the street.