It soon became clear that Peanut had done more than save the child from just the elements.
After she was taken to the hospital, deputies from the Delta County Sheriff's Office were able to track down her parents at a home nearby. The sheriff's office found "unsafe and unsanitary living conditions at the residence," so the rescued girl, and another child found in the home, were placed under the care of Child Protective Services.
The investigation is ongoing, so it's unclear how the 3-year-old girl ended up all alone outdoors - but there's no question that Peanut was able to save her because she herself had been saved.
"She is a part of our family now and thanks to wonderful people like you at the shelter, she is alive," the dog's mom wrote. "Without her, not only would she have been gone from this world, but the life of this little girl might have been taken as well."