Rescuers say that Kyle Camp, who wandered away from his Hackleburg, Ala., home and got lost in the woods, survived the overnight cold temperatures by cuddling with his pet puppies, CBS affiliate WHNT-TV reports.
Kyle went missing on Tuesday night, and nearly 150 volunteers in the small town teamed up to start a search party.
After about 15 hours, Jamie Swinney, one of the searchers, discovered Kyle the next morning in the woods, near a creek. He was found wet, wearing no shoes or jacket and snuggled up with the puppies.
"He was with four little puppies, and the mother dog kept barking, and I just followed her, kept listening to her bark and finally run across him," Swinney told WHNT-TV.
Another searcher, Joe Garnada, said the boy was "pretty rough" and "scratched up" but appeared to be in good health. Kyle was treated at a nearby hospital for minor scrapes and bruises
Officials at the Marion County Sheriff's Department believe the dogs kept him warm through the night. Thhey think Kyle followed the puppies as they played along the creek and they all got lost together.