A Beagle named TJ from Fort Collins, Colo., who ran away from home in May, is recovering after going through a harrowing ordeal. And after seven weeks of searching, his owner Dave Snyder is just happy that his dog is back in his care.
According to a report from the Coloradoan, TJ disappeared from Fort Collins on May 14, while a pet sitter was looking after the Beagle. Snyder tried everything he could think of to bring TJ home. He posted and distributed flyers, he knocked on neighborhood doors and he contacted local shelters. For a few weeks, Snyder was able to track the dog’s whereabouts but couldn’t catch the pup.
TJ was a research Beagle and spent nearly two years living in a cage, unexposed to normal dog activities such as going for walks or running in the grass. Snyder adopted him from the Larimer Humane Society. Because of his history, TJ has trust issues, which is likely why residents and animal control officials had such a hard time trying to catch the lost dog.
After tips about TJ’s whereabouts stopped, Snyder began to lose hope. But animal control officials found TJ in Boulder, 50 miles from his home in Fort Collins. The dog was hit by a car and badly injured. TJ’s microchip allowed officials to contact Snyder, who rushed to Boulder to be reunited with his dog.
TJ was taken to Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists, where the dog’s right leg was amputated due to the severity of his injuries. TJ’s right front leg is also broken and will require additional surgery to repair.
Despite enormous vet bills totaling around $12,000, Snyder said that putting TJ down just wasn’t an option. "Even though he was all mangled up, he was happy," Snyder told reporters. "I had to do whatever I could to get him back."
TJ will remain in the emergency center for a few days for observation, but Snyder hopes he will be able to take the Beagle home soon. Snyder has set up a fundraising page in hopes of raising money to help him pay for TJ’s medical care and recovery.
“We're so happy to have found TJ again, and are hopeful that he will return home soon and have a speedy recovery,” writes Snyder on the fundraising page. “I'm amazed by the compassion and support of complete strangers who went above and beyond while we were searching for TJ.”
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