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Pet detectives capture Iditarod dog on the lam in East King Co. for 6 weeks

Pet detectives capture Iditarod dog on the lam in East King Co. for 6 weeks

Credit: MPP

by Susan Wyatt

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KING5.com

Posted on April 30, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Pet detectives from Missing Pet Partnership have once again returned a beloved pet to her owners.

MPP recovered a skittish husky-mix named Smilla, who, after running in the Iditarod in Alaska, ran her own race throughout eastern King County.

Here's their account::

Smilla, who lives in Norway, flew to Alaska in February to run the Iditarod sled race. However, luck was not on the side of her rookie handler, Silvia Furtwangler. On February 9th, one of Furtwangler’s sled dogs “Whistler” escaped while Furtwangler was driving through Anchorage. Whistler was ultimately recovered with “enchiladas and roast beef” (story here http://tinyurl.com/865lajn ).

Furtwangler ran her dogs 300 miles in the Iditarod but on March 7th scratched from the race due to health reasons. She left Alaska and drove to visit friends in Fall City, Wash., when on March 10th Smilla broke out of her dog crate. Furtwangler returned home to Norway without Smilla and efforts to capture the skittish dog proved fruitless for weeks as she ran from would-be rescuers.
 
Missing Pet Partnership was called into the search three weeks after the escape and spent over 50 volunteer hours in their efforts to find and recover the dog. Accustomed to running several miles a day, Smilla was spotted running through a golf course in Fall City, along I-90 near Issaquah, through the town of Preston, and was even found sleeping at a cemetery in Renton.

Ultimately after a story was published in a local paper (http://www.valleyrecord.com/news/149108375.html) calls poured in with updated sightings. This enabled Missing Pet Partnership volunteer Jim Branson and two other volunteers to set about a plan to capture Smilla.

Using a mild sedative, they were able to calm Smilla down enough to finally sneak up and capture her with a large “Magnum Net” (http://tinyurl.com/6ukj7e6).

Smilla is currently being held in lock down in Fall City with a family friend.  It is not clear whether Smilla will be sent back to Norway or whether an adoptive, escape proof home will be found for her.

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