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Dog who disappeared in bitter cold rescued within hours of likely death

Dempsey the miracle dog
Dempsey the miracle dog
Screen shot via CBS Baltimore

A dog who jumped a foot and escaped from a yard in Maine narrowly cheated death after being struck by a car and lost in the bitter cold for nine days, reported Tuesday's CBS Baltimore News.

Dempsey's guardian, Jamie Cyrway, was at her parent's house in North Anson, Maine, when the one-year-old boxer decided to make his great escape.

For days, family and friends scoured the wilderness hoping to to catch sight of the missing dog - it was a Facebook posting, and the efforts of a good Samaritan, which ultimately saved Dempsey's life.

Christine Pierce, who lives in the area where Dempsey disappeared, heard about the missing dog through Facebook; after learning that a man reported hitting a dog not far from her home, she set out into the snow to see if she could find him.

Pierce followed dog tracks in the snow - they led into a building and inside was the motionless dog who was near death.

Pierce stated:

“He looked horrible. He was skinny,

He wasn’t moving and when I saw him, I said, ‘Dempsey, I found you! I can’t believe I found you!’”

According to WBALTV, Pierce loaded the injured dog into her car and called Dempsey's owner to let her know that he was alive. Then, the wounded dog was transported to the Madison Animal Hospital for treatment - his veterinarian, Dr. Darren Richards, said that it is a miracle the dog survived, stating:

“Nine days in the subzero temperatures that we had, and he’s not a very big dog, so he’s lucky. I think when she found him, he was probably within an hour or two of dying.

Despite a broken leg which required surgery, the loss of 30 pounds and a low heart rate, the young dog has pulled through and seems to be on the road to recovery.

On Monday, Jamie Cyrway announced on Facebook:

We are home and doing well.

Click here to watch news clip.

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