Dog Rescues Newborn Baby Left in Thailand Trash Dump

Pui the dog

Khaosod Online

updated 06/05/2013 AT 12:00 PM ET

originally published 06/05/2013 AT 7:10 PM ET

Pui knew something wasn’t right.

When the dog spotted a white plastic bag lying in a trash dump in Thailand’s Tha Rua district, he took it in his mouth, brought it to the patio of his home and barked as loud as he could.

His owner’s 12-year-old niece came to see what the fuss was about, and discovered a newborn baby girl – still alive – inside of the bag, reports The Bangkok Post.

Pui’s owner, Gumnerd Thongmak, and his niece, Sudarat, rushed the infant to Tha Rua Hospital, where doctors determined the baby was premature, weighing just 4 lbs. The infant has since been transferred to another hospital, and area officials are looking for her mother.

Meanwhile, Pui’s good deed hasn’t gone unnoticed. On Monday, he received a leather collar and a medal from the Tha Rua district Red Cross chapter as a sign of gratitude, and The Miracle of Life Foundation gave Gumnerd a $300 reward. But the heroics should come as no surprise to those who know Pui, a neighborhood watchdog of sorts: The district chief told The Bangkok Post that the pooch is regularly seen sniffing around the community.