Update, 6:45 p.m.: Hocus returned to her adopted home around 6 p.m.
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They set a trap behind the home. Hocus followed the smell of food, went in, and the door closed behind her. According to Facebook, she is now inside the home after five days in the cold and wagging her tail.
SHOREWOOD (WCCO) — Even with our brutal wind chills, searchers have been out for five days, looking for a runaway dog near Highways 41 and 7 in Shorewood.
The extreme cold isn’t the only complicating factor. The dog, named Hocus, is generally nervous around humans, and she had just been adopted into new, unfamiliar surroundings.
A Facebook page is proving to be an effective tool in the search, though.
Kelsey Milne had fostered the dog in her home for six months before giving her up for adoption last week. Milne has been among the volunteers searching for the past five days.
“It’s hard to concentrate on other stuff when a dog that I love dearly is running around the freezing cold conditions,” she said.
A family came along to adopt Hocus last Friday. But the dog was only in her new home in Shorewood for a few hours before she took off.
The new owner, Suzanne Kramer, said the family took Hocus out in the backyard on a leash and harness.READ MORE: Housing Affordability In Twin Cities Hits Lowest Level In 18 Years, Realtors Report
“When she was going to the bathroom, we somehow had not properly secured her harness,” Kramer said, “and she slipped right out of it.”
In the past few days, Hocus’s picture has blown up on Facebook, with more than 1,300 shares and 600 messages.
Kathy Capone has been searching–and updating Facebook–while also running her consignment shop. She spotted Hocus on Tuesday in Freeman Park.
“She kind of was sniffing the ground, and then she saw me and was kind of skittish and then went off into the woods,” Capone said.
“They assure us that dogs are survivalists,” said Milne, “but it’s also really nerve-wracking when she’s crossing highways.”
Facebook postings have put the dog on both sides of Highway 41 and Highway 7. By sharing the sightings, searchers hope to establish a pattern.
“Just that random person saying, ‘You know what, [she’s] been back to my property five times. I think [she’s] sleeping here, I think [she’s] eating here,’” Milne said.
Kramer is overwhelmed by the support, online and on foot.
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Experts say lost dogs tend to find places where they can burrow, under porches or sheds. That’s why they hope people in the area will check their property for possible sightings.