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Hikers find dog who had been lost in the wilderness for almost a month

Linn County Sheriff's Office

According to Tuesday's Salem-News, an elderly dog who had been missing for 22 days, was found in the woods by hikers who were in the Cascadia area outside of Lebanon, Ore.

The 10-year-old bull mastiff, named "Madison," was weak when the hikers, identified as Brian Floro, Julie Foubert, Scott Foubert and Rebecca Heuberger, discovered her in steep terrain not far from the South Santiam River.

The good Samaritans trekked out of the wilderness to make a call to the the Linn County Sheriff's Office on Saturday night and then made their way all the way back to the area where the dog was located so that she would not have to spend another night alone.

A short time later, a volunteer team with the Linn County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue made their way to the hikers, and the dog; the rugged terrain in the area made the dog's removal difficult, but eventually everyone was safely out of the woods.

Madison was ultimately reunited with her family on Sunday morning thanks to a deputy who remembered seeing a lost dog flier. Lori Davis and Patrick Milligan of Scio had lost their dog on the 4th of July when she disappeared from the Sevenmile Horse Camp; the couple was relieved to have her back home and grateful to those who risked their lives to make her homecoming possible.

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