PET TO THE RESCUE.
A MAN and his dog were hailed heroes for saving an elderly woman found "covered in blood".
Don Whalley, 82, was walking his "wonder dog", a collie-cross-saluki called Lily, on the Morfa fields in Prestatyn early on Sunday morning. As they approached the Morfa cut, Lily started barking and he went to investigate.
Mr Whalley said it was the first time he'd gone down that path and if he had gone the usual way he would never have seen the woman.
He said: "Lily is always off the lead but she was barking and normally she never barks. I thought what the heck is all that about.
"I could see in the distance this woman had crawled from the scrub to this path.
"The dog found her first and I think she sensed that the woman needed help because she kept running around her barking.
"The lady was sat there and it was hail stoning and she was crying for help very weakly. Her face was covered in blood and her hands were bleeding.
Mr Whalley said the woman's nose was "purple", her hair "soaking" and she was shaking. "She was in a state," he said.
She was quite lucid and told him she was a diabetic and all she wanted was a biscuit and a cup of tea. Mr Whalley then helped her to her feet.
He said: "She was very weak and we were stumbling along. Gradually we moved along for about a quarter of a mile and she said she would have to stop because she was feeling dizzy."
He took her to a friend's house and then called for an ambulance. Mr Whalley added: "As the ambulance men took her away one of them said she was very lucky because if she had been left for another hour it would have been too late to save her."
The woman's daughter Carol Sharratt asked for her mother, 76, not to be named but praised the action of Mr Whalley and his neighbours.
Mrs Sharratt said: "The fact they all rallied around to help my mum in her time of need is amazing and I can't thank them enough.
"My mum is recovering in hospital. She doesn't remember going out but does remember being in the bracken.
"I can't believe how Mr Whalley did it really and I do understand that it could have been a very different story."
Don Whalley, 82, and Lily at spot where they found 76-year-old woman