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Puppy survives three cold days after escape near B.C. mountain highway

Timber's new owners had only had the pup for four hours when he escaped
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Six-month-old puppy who went missing on the weekend. Photo: Facebook / Angel's Animal Rescue

By Sarita Patel

A happy ending after a stressful couple of days after puppy Timber, got spooked and bolted at the Comstock Road exit on the Coquihalla highway, about 12 kilometres south of Merritt.

New owners Sydney Schoenfelder and Colton Bailie were bringing home their newly rescued dog when the puppy backed out of his harness and escaped. 

On Dec. 15 Angel's Animal Rescue - Merritt B.C.'s group shared a post, "His best chance is a live trap. Not likely he will approach. We are asking for sightings. Thanks."

New parents of the little guy were concerned as he was still a puppy and the conditions on the Coquihalla are unpredictable. 

Schoenfelder commented, "(he is a) six month old shepherd cross pure white very skittish, only had him 4 hours before escaping we’ve been out looking all night and into the morning."

The post got over 3,700 shares and with the help of many considered citizens the dog has been found and is on route back home. 

Bailie, updated the post on Tuesday morning saying, "we have located a captured our dog thank you for everyone’s help much appreciated we cant thank you guys enough."

"We found him using our dog, tracked him hiding under a tree along the highway this morning," added Bailie

Many people thankful for the happy ending for the pup and his new family. 

Kelli May Marie commented on the rescue saying, "THANK YOU for being persistent! This truly demonstrates the size of your heart! Timber has a good home where regardless of his challenges, his needs will be met."

Lois Tubbs another resident saying, "OMG..that makes me so happy...I couldn't stop thinking about him and how scared he must have been...so glad he is found!"

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