A German shepherd named Jade is credited with saving a newborn's life after the dog led her owner to the abandoned baby in a British park.

Jade the German shepherd that saved a newborn babyRoger Wilday was walking his 9-year-old dog on Oct. 31 when Jade disappeared into some bushes. When she refused to come when he called, Wilday went looking for her and found her lying beside a discarded bag.

"I walked over and saw a carrier bag — then I saw it move," Wilday told the Birmingham Mail. "I thought it was a bag of kittens, but then I saw her little arms and a head, and the baby started to cry."

Wilday called the police, who immediately transported the infant — who was only 24 hours old and still had the umbilical cord attached — to the hospital.

Based on the 6-pound baby's temperature, police believe she’d been in the park no more than 30 minutes.

"Pediatricians have confirmed the baby was lucky to be found when she was as even just a few more hours exposed to the elements could have had fatal consequences," Birmingham East Police Chief Inspector Ian Green said in a Facebook post.

A spokesman for the police say the baby — whom nurses have named Jade after Wilday's dog — is doing well and is expected to be placed with a foster family in the next few days.

Police have been scouring the park and searching for witnesses to determine who abandoned baby Jade. They've also run a DNA test on the infant and the blanket she was found wrapped in.

Meanwhile, Jade the German shepherd is being lauded as a hero.

Wilday says his dog loves his five grandchildren and thinks her affection for children is why she refused to leave the baby's side.

"I think my dog saved the baby's life. I'm very proud of her," he said.

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Baby abandoned in park named after dog that found her
Baby Jade is alive and well, thanks to Jade the German shepherd, who found the newborn in a British park.