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Dog belonging to missing firefighter has been found

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Update 6/28/14: According to the Associated Press, the body of 36-year-old Michael Herdman was found on Friday, less than a mile from where he was last seen. Herdman had somehow managed to climb 1200 ft above the river bed where he was last spotted on June 13.

According to KTLA 5 News, the dog who belongs to an Arcadia, Calif., firefighter who disappeared nine days ago, has been found in the Los Padres National Forest in California.

The dog, named "Duke," was discovered on Sunday, approximately 10 to 12 miles from where he was last seen on June 13. Duke's guardian, 36-year-old Michael Herdman, disappeared after running after the dog during a backpacking trip with his friend, Taylor Byars.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Duke was found near the trail head where the friends had started their backpacking trip. Duke's time alone resulted in weight loss and dehydration; he was provided with I.V. fluids after being found.

Search parties have been tirelessly scouring the area since Herdman vanished. The search effort has been conducted on the ground, and in the air.

Duke had been spotted multiple times, but nobody, until yesterday, had been successful in capturing him. The terrain in the massive search area is described as "rough," and several of individuals who have been aiding in the search have been injured, including one person who was bitten by a rattlesnake.

After Herdman disappeared, wearing just a t-shirt and now shoes, it took his friend two days to hike out and reach help. The search teams are hopeful that Herdman is still alive, given his extensive knowledge of the outdoors, however the scale of the search operation is being scaled back.

Michael Macgregor, a friend of the missing firefighter, told ABC News:

We are all expecting to see Mike come over the hill behind us and be surprised to see us all here,"

"I have no doubt that he can survive out there for weeks.

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