This heroic therapy dog helped save a woman's life!

Exeter, UK - A small dog called Digby became a big hero by stopping a woman from taking her own life.

Little Digby saved the woman's life.
Little Digby saved the woman's life.  © Facebook/Screenshot/@dsfireupdates

The woman was sitting on a freeway bridge near the British town of Exeter at around 11 AM on Tuesday. She was getting ready to jump when police officers and firefighters arrived at the scene.

They immediately tried to dissuade the woman and direct her back to the street, but no one was able to get through to her and the situation became increasingly worrying.

That's when one of the crews had a brilliant idea.

On the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service Facebook page, the team described what happened next: "One of the fire crews had the idea to bring along Digby, our 'defusing' dog."

As soon as the little pooch arrived, the young woman took one look at him – and smiled!

Members of the rescue team were then able to engage her in a conversation about the dog's role in their unit and asked her if she wanted to get to know him a little better.

"We are pleased to say she did."

The Fire and Rescue teams issues a statement on Facebook

On Facebook, his team couldn't praise Digby enough, writing that he just did "something amazing".

The Mirror also quoted a spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall, who said: "Officers, an ambulance and the fire service all attended and localized road closures were put in place. The woman was brought back to safety soon after 3 PM and the road was reopened. She was taken into the care of mental health professionals."

It's hard to imagine what might have happened if it hadn't been for little Digby. Dogs really are man's best friends.

If you or someone you know need help, please contact the 24-hour National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 for free and confidential support.

Cover photo: Facebook/Screenshot/@dsfireupdates

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