January 28, 2015
Burt The Dog, Missing For Six Months, Found After New York Snow Storm

While the recent blizzard in New York might have negatively affected several people adversely in the city, there is at least one person who is thanking that the snow storm came. According to ABC News, dog-owner Lauren Piccolo was searching for her beloved dog, Burt for the past few months. Almost on the verge of giving up hope, imagine her surprise when Burt, was found, identified and is on the verge of being reunited with her on Wednesday. Lauren has to thank the snowstorm and the efforts of a Fire Department of New York Lieutenant both of whom helped her reunite with Burt.

Burt, who lived with Lauren in Manhattan went missing last August and Lauren had been looking for him ever since. While no one knows where and how Burt lives for six months, he was finally noticed by FDNY Lt. Dave Kelly a few weeks ago. The officer apparently saw Burt rummaging for food in the trash at the FDNY Bureau of Training grounds. In order to help the dog out he started leaving some food out for the dog to feed upon. However, as the snow storm approached New York City, Dave was worried about the dog. He decided to cage the dog somehow and help it survive the cold. Dave then got himself a dog cage, kept some food inside it and waited. And sure enough, within hours, he managed to capture Burt.

Knowing that Burt could be a lost pet, Dave looked online for any lost pets from the area and within a few minutes came upon a Facebook page called "Bring Burt Home," setup by Lauren to aid her search for Burt. Kelly, wasting no time, contacted Lauren who was delighted at the news.

Lauren later talked to WABC-TV and in a statement told them;

"I am tremendously grateful for the efforts of the FDNY to recover Burt. Burt had been running loose in the city for more than five months and managed to evade capture by friends, family and many Good Samaritans. While Burt is a resilient dog, I don't think he would have survived such a fierce storm. The FDNY's efforts were incredible and timely! Burt is resting at home and is expected to make a full recovery."
Lauren also posted a status update on the Facebook page created for Burt. It reads;
"After five months, and of course in the middle of a mega snow storm, I get a call from a really nice fireman who has seen a whippet, nightly for 2 - 3 weeks, near the FDNY training facility on Randall's Island. The fireman has been feeding this dog, but only from a distance because if he gets to close the dog runs - really fast. Sound like my guy? Yup. I can't believe you are still out there, Burt!!!!!!!!!! #BringBurtHome."
The Inquistr has in the past as well reported about long lost dogs being reunited with their families.

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