Great Dane rescued after spending month lost on Michigan island

More than a month after rescue efforts began, a dog has been captured and removed from an island in County Clare and is “doing fine”, according to a Clare County Animal Shelter volunteer.

Animal control staff and local volunteers have been working to rescue the dog, a brown and white Great Dane named Zaria, from the island since she went missing on the night of August 17 from her home in Harrison, a small city ​​in the center of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

Zaria, 2, walked into a trap set by Clare County Animal Control on Wednesday, allowing rescuers to bring her safely back to the shelter for medical treatment, according to a Facebook post from the shelter. Her safe return closes the book with a story that caught the attention of dog lovers on social media platforms.

“We will update everyone on Zaria’s progress over time,” read the post, which garnered nearly 3,000 reactions. “She was examined by Dr B at Surrey Vet, and she was allowed to begin her slow recovery process. She will be given several small meals a day until her system can adjust. She has been sleeping since her arrival.

Shelter staff thank those who helped, including Steve’s Market, who donated chicken, residents who donated money and food, and an ‘unnamed downstate friend’ who donated new age equipment donation for rescue.

The island’s swampy conditions made some conventional rescue techniques less effective, according to Moore’s Lost K9 Search & Recovery, which helped with the effort, on Facebook. Officials previously said Zaria likely made it to the island after slipping off her pass, running away and swimming across a channel.

“We will continue to assess her, make sure she is gaining weight, take her back to the vet, it will take about a week just to recheck,” Ruanne Hicks, County Clare animal control director, told 9&10 News. “She’s not very confident but she’s extremely nice. She never offered to growl, she never offered a bite, nothing.

Hicks told Newsweek that Zaria’s owner released her to the shelter, where “after she returns to normal health, she will be placed in a foster home” or with a rescue service.

Updates on Zaria will be provided on the shelter’s Facebook page.

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