Heroic Hunters Honored

Two hunters are being hailed as heroes for rescuing a trapped dog.

The father son team were honored by Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo Sunday in Lexington. George Staklin Senior, and George Stakelin Junior dug in deep mud for hours to free a Newfoundland named Chelsea.

The dog went missing from her home in Frankfort a week before. Today the men received a special plaque for their efforts at Uptown Hounds in Lexington.

Sadly, Chelsea died several days after being rescued, but her owner says she's grateful she got to see her companion one last time.


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  • by JT Location: North Carolina on Dec 19, 2008 at 06:22 AM
    Thank you for covering this story. Chelsea would have died alone and not in the loving arms of her family. Any pet owner would be grateful for the heroism the Stakelin men showed. Thank you for your selfless act to get Chelsea home! And Chelsea..rest in peace girl and know how deeply loved you were by so many.
  • by Cathy Location: Kansas City MO on Dec 18, 2008 at 03:29 PM
    Heartfelt thanks to the Stakelins for taking time to rescue this sad, frightened Newfoundland dog. Because of their kindness, this sweet girl died in the arms of those who loved her, not bewildered and ill, trapped in a bog. God bless you Stakelins, and thank you so much to WKYT for covering a story highlighting the good in humanity. The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." --Ghandi
  • by VICTORIA Location: UK on Dec 18, 2008 at 02:15 AM
    THANKS GUYS FOR ALL YOU DID FOR CHELSEA, HEARTWARMING STORY IN THESE TIMES OF DOOM AND GLOOM
  • by VICTORIA Location: UK on Dec 18, 2008 at 02:15 AM
    THANKS GUYS FOR ALL YOU DID FOR CHELSEA, HEARTWARMING STORY IN THESE TIMES OF DOOM AND GLOOM
  • by Barry Location: floyd county on Dec 16, 2008 at 03:16 PM
    God bless these guys for having a heart! I too am a deer hunter AND a dog lover! People don't understand how you can be a hunter and an animal lover,but I know and these guys proved it! Good job!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 16, 2008 at 02:40 PM
    The kindness of these men is truly stunning. I think most people would have either turned their backs or just called the "authorities" to do the job. But they stuck with dog til she was safe. At least she was able to die at home with her family and her family had a chance to say goodbye. It's what we'd all want. Thank you.
  • by True Hunter Location: Maysville on Dec 16, 2008 at 12:43 PM
    These guys are truly hero's. Wonder if the PETA people are proud of these true hunters? Look's like hunters are so bad after all.
  • by charles Location: moreland, ky on Dec 16, 2008 at 12:43 PM
    you guys are very much heros.this world needs more people like you with a loving and careing heart.I'd ask the lord that he would open the windows of heaven and rain down blessings in your and your son life.
  • by Tina Brown Location: Castalian Springs, TN on Dec 16, 2008 at 08:10 AM
    It's good to know that "TRUE HERO'S" exist in this world today. Thank you for your love and compassion in rescuing Chelsea. I can not express enough gratitude for your heroism. Thank you Stakelins..
  • by Heather Semko Location: Richmond, VA on Dec 16, 2008 at 06:57 AM
    Thank you for covering this story. George Stakelins" Sr and Jr are the true angels in this story. My heart goes out to all involved and I'm sure Chelsea is now free from pain. Thank God she was brought home to be with her loved ones.
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