A husky’s happy rescue

By: Tessa Marguerite, Reporter/Page Designer
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Megan Bodary Wright and her husband Troy were traveling with their husky dogs from Napa to a family cabin in Montana last weekend when an unexpected event disrupted their trip.

The family dogs, Tana and Max, were in riding the back of their truck locked in crates. Troy said they stopped in Dixon to check on the dogs because they were barking, but since they were both still locked in their crates, they kept driving. When the Wrights stopped to get fuel half way through Nevada, Tana was not in the truck. Somewhere along the highway, the dog had broken free of her crate and bounded out of the vehicle.

On Friday evening, immediately after realizing the dog was lost, Megan posted to several animal rescue Facebook sites including Placer County Lost & Found Pets and Friends of Nitro. Both of these sites are administered by Placer County resident and volunteer Lindy Lou.

After receiving two potential leads that the dog may be on I-80 in Auburn, Lou gathered a few other volunteers and drove out to the stretch of highway between the Bowman and Bell exits. “The area right there off the freeway is a pretty steep incline,” Lou said. The thorny clumps of wild blackberry bushes also make it difficult to access.

Lou said she decided to search for the dog by crawling up a hill to the railroad tracks. She followed the tracks down to dead-end on the bridge across the freeway.

“It all came to a point,” Lou said. “I knew she couldn’t go any further than that.”

As she was searching, Lou called out Tana’s name and heard a howl. The howling continued until she was able to pinpoint where the sound was coming from which was on the freeway inside a bush. Lou saw the dog and called for help while she tried to coax the frightened husky off the freeway with food.

Other volunteer searchers came to help including Jane and Greg Almon, Kim Hall, Arika Guest and her boyfriend. They decided to call 911 and CHP Officer Robert Luthy was dispatched to the scene. CHP had already been out to the area several times that day with calls alerting them that a husky had been seen under the guard rail, but were unable to find the dog until now.

Luthy stopped traffic and used a catch pole, with the assistance of Guest, to capture the dog.

“It was great teamwork,” Lou said. “Everybody pulled together.”

Lou contacted the owners of the exhausted and confused husky and took her to Loomis Basin Veterinary Clinic to be treated for her ripped, bloody pads and dehydration. Troy’s mother picked up Tana from the clinic and drove to meet Troy as he was driving back toward Auburn.

“Without all them (the volunteers and officers) I am sure Tana would not have been found alive with the temperatures the next day being so high,” Troy said. “I hope this story will inspire others to help when they can.”

Lou said Megan contacted her after she had been reunited with her happy pup and she was “just beside herself.”

These Facebook rescue sites are all run by volunteers who help hundreds of owners find their lost or missing pets.

“If it weren’t for everyone doing it, this stuff would not happen,” Lou said. “We work with amazing group of volunteers.”

In addition to those who helped rescue Tana, Lou said that Penny Scott and Jen Howe are two other dedicated volunteers who support the community through animal rescue.

Lou said the Facebook sites receive several posts about lost pets each day. And although the volunteers connected with the groups can’t go out and search for every animal, they try and supply the owners with information that will make it easier for them to recover their pets. But, assured Lou, as much as they are able, they will search for and recover lost and missing pets. “The community needs this so much because they don’t know how to navigate these lots pets,” Lou said. “So to give them that guidance is really vital. It’s amazing stuff. I’m really, really proud to be a part of it.”