Leslie Green (right) and Richard Jerouse with their dog Ruby Mae
The Port Huron Times Herald/Andrew Jowett/AP
05/29/2014 at 03:45 PM EDT
Ruby Mae knew something wasn't right.
During an early morning walk with her owner Leslie Green, of Port Huron, Michigan, the dog made a beeline for a neighbor's porch. There, an hours-old infant – with his umbilical cord still attached – was wrapped in bloody towels, just waiting for someone to help.
"She wanted me to go up [to the porch]," Green told Detroit's WDIV news. "So I get up there and I see this little dinky face, and I was freaked out."
Police told the local news station that the dog spotted the baby just in time: Had he been left outside any longer, the infant likely would not have survived.
They are still searching for the mother of the baby, who is expected to make a full recovery despite having a dangerously low body temperature when he arrived at the hospital. The infant, who has a full head of hair, according to the The Times Herald, is being referred to as Baby Brandon, for Officer Brandon Rossow, who brought the child a teddy bear in the hospital.
If you have any information, contact the Port Huron police hotline at 810-987-6688.