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Observe: Dog that escaped wildfire rescued from snow 4 months later

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The nonprofit TLC 4 Furry Friends & Tahoe PAWS Animal Response Team posted in a Facebook post that the pit bull terrier mix named Russ escaped from its owner’s vehicle in the Tahoe area in August.

Jan. 11 (News) – A dog that went missing while its owner was preparing to evacuate during the California Caldor Fire was reunited with his family four months later after being rescued from the deep snow.

The animal’s owner had been in the Tahoe area for a temporary job and was preparing to evacuate due to the Caldor Fire when Russ escaped, the post said.

The owner reported Russ missing and searched the area for the dog, but eventually “Russ was believed to be permanently lost,” the rescue team said.

The rescue team said a skier near Twin Peaks, west of South Lake Tahoe, reported a dog that appeared to be in distress in deep snow, and El Dorado County Animal Services contacted TLC 4 Furry Friends & Tahoe PAWS for help.

The rescue team took the dog down the mountain in a sled and he was taken to a veterinarian where he was found to be in good health. El Dorado County’s Animal Service scanned the dog for a microchip and it was identified as Russ.

“When he was contacted, the owner was delighted to learn that his dog was alive,” the Facebook post said.

The nonprofit said severe blizzards in the area delayed Russ’ reunion with his owner by about 10 days.

“With support from EDC Animal Services, TLC 4 Furry Friends & Tahoe PAWS volunteers visited Russ every day to remind him he was loved until he could make his way home,” the post said.

Russ was reunited with his owner on December 26th.

“Happy endings are always welcome, especially during the holidays,” said the rescue team.

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