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As soon as Christine Pierce learned about a family from Maryland who lost their dog while traveling to visit relatives on the holidays, she piled her children and younger brother into her Jeep and went to look for it.
“I have a dog myself and I just know I would be devastated if anything happened to him,” she mentioned. “I felt like I needed to go look, even if it was just for 10 minutes.”
Dempsey, a one-year-old boxer dog, faded away when his owner Jamie Cyrway and her 3 kids were visiting relatives in North Anson, for Christmas.
Cyrway’s mother said Dempsey jumped over a yard fence and ran away on Dec. 28. They spent the rest of the night walking and driving around with no luck.
After 9 days of temperatures below freezing, and frequently dropping to single digits and below zero, snow and freezing rain, Pierce found Dempsey on Monday morning in an empty warehouse in North Anson.
“Picture the worst a dog could look. It was a little better than that,” mentioned Pierce. “You could see every bone in his body and he was curled up in a little ball. It was just horrible.”
He’s being taken care of at the Madison Animal Hospital. When he was brought in, Dempsey was seriously hypothermic and was having seizures. He has a broken tooth and broken right tibia and will have to have surgery, said Darren Richards, a vet. He said Dempsey had improved considerably by Wednesday morning and is expected to make a total recovery. He doesn’t have evidence of frostbite, despite the fact that it can take up to 48 hours for signs of it to appear.
There’s a fund at the Madison Animal Hospital for Dempsey under Janet Boothby’s account to assist pay medical expenses.