The story of Milo, a lost Michigan springer spaniel, came to an end this weekend 44 days after he disappeared in the northern cold.
A dog had been heard barking for days when someone in Sand Lake called animal control officers at the Kent County Animal Shelter on Sunday, the rescue said in a Facebook message.
The appellant had investigated and determined that a dog may have been stuck in or around an old grain elevator.
When officers arrived, they encountered two “benevolent citizens” who had found the dog trapped 10 feet away in the bunker-style silo. The smooth walls prevented the puppy from going out.
Officers and residents – one of whom was once an animal control officer – hatched a plan to save the dog. They dropped a long rope into the silo and then wrapped it around the puppy and brought him to safety, the shelter said.
Agents contacted Lost Paws, an animal recovery team, with the goal of locating the dog’s owner.
Lost Paws found the puppy looked a lot like a lost dog from a nearby town – a 44-day article earlier on January 8.
The group contacted the owners who had posted the post and of course, the dog rescued from the silo was their dog, Milo.
Milo was last spotted in early February, but had not been seen for the two weeks before his rescue.
The shelter said the details of Milo’s trip will still remain a mystery, but the puppy “survived freezing temperatures, blizzards, hunger and dehydration.”
Milo lost 33 pounds in the 44 days of his disappearance and has walked nearly 20 miles, according to the shelter.
But the team says Milo seemed to immediately remember his owners when they were reunited.
“A lot of tears have flowed from everyone,” the shelter said, adding, “What he and his owners have never lost is hope. And it was hope that finally brought them together.
Sand Lake is approximately 40 km north of Grand Rapids.