Dog Alerts Rescuers after Cancer Survivor Reported Missing

Dog Alerts Rescuers after Cancer Survivor Reported Missing

A Tipton County cancer survivor is safe, thanks to his best friend. Cary Mims Ferguson, 58, was last seen walking his dog around 10:30 a.m. Friday near his Burlison home in Tipton County.
BURLISON, TN (localmemphis.com) - A Tipton County cancer survivor is safe, thanks to his best friend.

Cary Mims Ferguson, 58, was last seen walking his dog around 10:30 a.m. Friday near his Burlison home in Tipton County.

"We have boat, we have 4-wheelers, we have people out on foot, as we speak," said Tipton County Sheriff J. T. "Pancho" Chumley. "The weather being so hot, we're worried about him."

The terrain was a major concern for investigators. The area of Tipton County includes creek beds, thick forest, and a tall corn crib.

"These guys were looking in some of the most rural parts of the county," Sheriff Chumley said.

Complicating matters, Ferguson can no longer talk due to a bout with cancer.

In the end, all the hard work paid off.

Ferguson was found around 6 p.m. Rescue workers were able to walk him to a command center to be checked out by paramedics before he was transported to a nearby hospital.

"He was stuck in the mud, we pulled him back out," said Reuben Miller, one of the first crews to find Ferguson.

Miller credits Ferguson's chihuahua "Jinxy" as being the real hero.

"The dog went to barking, that's how we found him- thank God for dogs," Miller said.

The Memphis Police Department and Tennessee Highway Patrol assisted the Tipton County Sheriff's Office with helicopter searches of the rural area.

As for his serious medical condition, Ferguson's roommate told Local 24 News that Ferguson had accidentally taken the wrong medicine and started acting erratically. When the roommate was unable to stop Ferguson from leaving, he called 911.

Ferguson was evaluated at the command center before being taking to a hospital in Covington by ambulance. Sheriff Chumley said Ferguson was dehydrated but is expected to be ok.
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