Dog lost in blizzard survives 43 days alone in snow to reunite with family

A lost dog who survived 43 days alone in snowy blizzards has been reunited with his family.

Animal Control Officers in Michigan, US, received a call regarding a dog stranded in Sand Lake after local residents reported hearing barking for several days.

After going to investigate where the noise was coming from, they found the animal stranded in "an old bunker style silo".

After being rescued, vets discovered the beloved pet was 20 miles from home and weighed nearly 15kg less than before he went missing.

In a post shared on Sunday, Kent County Animal Shelter wrote: "Our weekend Animal Control Officers received a call this morning regarding a dog possibly stranded near an old grain elevator in Sand Lake, MI.

"The dog had been heard barking for a few days per town residents. Our caller had investigated the area and believed him to be stuck under a silo so contacted Animal Control for assistance.

"Upon arrival, the ACOs were met by two more caring citizens who had located the dog stranded in an old bunker style silo. Due to the smooth 10' walls, there was no way for him to climb back out."

The team and a few members of the public managed to loop a long rope around the dog and pull him to safety.

It was later discovered that the poor pooch had been missing for nearly two months.

After contacting the pet's owners, they discovered it was named Milo.

The post added: "Needless to say, Milo's owners rushed to meet the ACOs and their beloved dog. He remembered them immediately and many tears were shed from everyone.

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"What all Milo experienced during his journey will never be known. However, we do know he survived frigid temps, snow storms, hunger and dehydration.

"He lost 33lbs and traveled nearly 20 miles over the past 43 days. What he nor his owners never lost was hope and hope is what finally reunited them."

Facebook users reacted with amazement after the animal was reunited with its owners.

One user wrote: "Thank goodness Milo had the strength to keep barking & the town residents didn’t ignore the barking & made the necessary calls. Thank goodness Kent County Animal Control responded & was able to rescue & Lost Paws remembered the lost dog posting!! The collaboration from the beginning, to the rescue, to the reuniting with Milo’s family was amazing!! Kudos to all!!"

Another user wrote: "Oh my goodness! So happy for him and his family!"

A third wrote: "So happy he was found an reunited with his family. Thank you to all who helped!"

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