Res­cue dog found af­ter bolt­ing from air­port

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

The new owner of a res­cue dog that went miss­ing af­ter be­ing let out of a crate at Canada’s busiest air­port said he’s relieved his pet was found be­fore any harm came to the an­i­mal.

Jor­dan Wong said he and his fam­ily were anx­ious through­out the hours-long hunt for Emily, a 4.5-kilo­gram dog that had been brought to Canada from Greece as part of a res­cue ef­fort.

Emily had been on Cana­dian soil for barely an hour when cus­toms of­fi­cials al­legedly opened her crate to give her a walk on Mon­day. At that point, Emily bolted and raced across the high­way near Toronto’s Pear­son In­ter­na­tional Air­port, ac­cord­ing to Stray Paws from Greece, the res­cue group that co-or­di­nated her adop­tion.

Wong said he and his fam­ily waited at the air­port for eight hours while searchers scoured the area for Emily, but even­tu­ally had to go home with­out the pet they’d been ea­gerly await­ing for the past three weeks.

On Tues­day morn­ing, how­ever, a Toronto wo­man found the dog and brought her to a lo­cal vet­eri­nary clinic where the pup was even­tu­ally iden­ti­fied.

Wong said he’s relieved the dog was brought to safety be­fore be­ing in­jured by a car or be­ing lost in­def­i­nitely.

“I think we def­i­nitely had our doubts at times, but we def­i­nitely tried to stay pos­i­tive most of the time,” he said. “It worked out in the end, and we’re re­ally grate­ful.”

Stray Paws could not im­me­di­ately be reached for com­ment but al­leged in a Face­book post that Emily was lost while be­ing pro­cessed through cus­toms in Toronto.

The com­pany ac­cused the Canada Bor­ders Ser­vices Agency of not fol­low­ing proper pro­to­cols when han­dling Emily and four other dogs who had made the jour­ney.

STRAY PAWS FROM GREECE, TORONTO DOG RES­CUE, FACE­BOOK

A res­cue dog named Emily is seen in this un­dated photo from Stray Paws from Greece, Toronto Dog Res­cue’s Face­book Page. A fran­tic search for a miss­ing res­cue dog came to a tri­umphant end on Tues­day when the an­i­mal was lo­cated and sent off to her new Cana­dian home.

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