Transcript for Missing Girl's Dad: 'No One Should Have to Go Through This'
hannah anderson, the young girl back home now, after being rescued from her kidnapper in the idaho wilderness. And her father speaking out for the first time since her dramatic rescue. Abc's ryan owens has the story. Reporter: For 16-year-old hannah anderson, the journey home from the rugged back country in idaho was quick. A flight curtesy of the fbi. What happened there, will take far longer. As for my daughter, the healing process will be slow. I'm proud of her. And I love her very much. Reporter: Hannah told investigators that her kidnapper was armed with a rifle and a pistol. He fired at least one shot at the fbi hostage rescue team before an agent shot him dead saturday. Only after her rescue did hannah learn DiMaggio, a long-time family friend, allegedly killed her mother and her 8-year-old brother. Their bodies found in his burning home. It became very clear to us, very clear, that she is a victim in every sense of the world in this horrific crime. Reporter: The sheriff wanted to make that clear after the four horseback riders who stumbled upon hannah in the woods, after she muttered, we're in trouble now. Without you, who knows how long this would have gone on? My family and I are eternally grateful. Some of you might find the amber alert annoying. Please, pay attention. Keep your eyes open. Let's bring those children home. No one should have to go through this. Reporter: A strange twist involving this particular amber alert case. And it involves, of all things, a cat. IT TURNS OUT HANNAH and DiMaggio will traveling with a small pet. Those horseback riders thought that was awfully strange in the middle of the wilderness. So, they mentioned that to officers. When they were surveying overhead, they spotted that little cat. And believe it or not, that's how they knew they had the right campsite. This morning, authorities have given hannah that cat, hoping that having a pet will somehow help in her long healing process.
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