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Hikers, Linn County searchers rescue dog lost in woods for 22 days


ALBANY, Oregon — A dog that apparently wandered lost in the woods for 22 days has been reunited with her owners.

Linn County Sheriff Bruce Riley said Monday that a family out for a hike in the Cascadia area found a weak and hungry Bullmastiff in steep terrain. The family had hiked out to call the sheriff's office for help Saturday night, and hiked back to stay with the dog.

A deputy involved in the call remembered a poster that described a missing bull mastiff named Madison, who was lost in the area of Sevenmile Horse Camp on July 4.

A team of search and rescue volunteers went to the area to check on the safety of the family. They made contact with the family Sunday at about 3 a.m.

The team waited until daylight to help the dog through steep terrain.

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