GARRISON, Mo. -- As thousands of acres burned
last week in the Mark Twain National Forest, multiple rescues were underway.
That includes a four-legged friend
that Christian County Sheriff Joey Kyle is now trying to link with its owners.
Sheriff Kyle found a small pooch
covered in ash and soot with no collar to identify him. The sheriff says he
wonders if the dog's owners believe he perished in the fire.
"He wasn't hurt in the fire.
His fur hasn't been singed and he's not suffered any burns. He was just very
hungry and thirsty when I first found him."
The dog was found on UU Highway between Persimmon and 125. Sheriff
Kyle brought him back to the sheriff's office where the pup drank a ton of
water and slept for hours. He's healthy and cleaned up now.
believes the dog ran off in all the confusion and has owners out there looking
Sheriff Kyle released this letter
"On Friday July 6th, the second
day of the Martin fire, I rescued a small dog from the forest. I had been to
the fire ground command area and was patrolling up UU Highway to Persimmon when I encountered a
downed tree across the road. US Forestry personnel shortly arrived to begin
clearing the road. The tree had been felled by fire. I continued on with my
patrol and on the return leg I stopped at the downed tree. While surveying the
damaged area I noticed what appeared to be a small animal moving through the
debris. As I watched I discovered it was a small dog. I recovered the animal
which appeared unhurt but covered in ash and soot. He had no collar to identify
him or his owners. I brought him back to the Sheriff's Office with me where I
fed and watered him and after he slept for several hours.
"The dog was found on UU Highway approximately halfway between
Persimmon and 125. He appears to be of a mixed breed something similar to
daschund or basset hound. He is mostly black with a white blaze on his chest and
mottled lower legs. He is a very friendly and healthy little animal. I would
personally like to see him returned to his owners as he must of come from one
of the homes that was vacated during the evacuation from the fires.
"Anyone with knowledge of whom
he may belong please call the Christian County Sheriff's Office, 417.581.2332."
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