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Foster dog saves family from dangerous man on back porch

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WEST VALLEY CITY — A West Valley City family says a dog they have in foster care saved them from a potentially dangerous situation after they woke up early Sunday morning to find a stranger on their back porch.

The Kemp family brought home Lexington just under a month ago as part of a foster dog program. Around 2 a.m. Sunday, Lexington started barking and growling at the Kemp's sliding glass door. Homeowner Ken Kemp turned on the porch light and saw a man sitting right here on the back deck.

As soon as Kemp saw the stranger, he immediately called 911, only to find out police were already in the area looking for a male suspect.

"They said they knew there was a guy in the area and they had been looking for him," Kemp said. "(The police) came through the yard, but apparently (the suspect) ran because they didn't find him here."

Kemp said one of the scariest aspects is that they don't know what the man was doing there — if he was about to break in or just hiding from police.

"He had a black hoodie on and was pretty much all in black, sitting and tucked up behind the char broil," Kemp said. "I quickly saw his face and we made eye contact and I backed off."

Kemp is grateful they had the dog here to alert them of the danger.

"He usually sleeps alongside the bed all night by me," he said. "It was startling for him to jump up like that."

Lexington is a foster dog and up for adoption with Rescue Rovers. For more information on how to adopt this dog, go to

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