10-year-old St. Bernard puppy mill rescue survives sub-zero temperatures for 17 days

U.S. & World

ZIMMERMAN, MN (KARE) Old Lady had been gone for 17 days and time was running out.

The 10-year-old St. Bernard, fresh off a rescue from a puppy mill in Wisconsin, had now run away from a foster home in Zimmerman, Minnesota after getting spooked by the snow. That was on January 4th. 

Seventeen days went by, and local rescuers weren’t sure she could survive the cold much longer. 

“We couldn’t even sleep at night,” said Azure Davis, the executive director and founder of the non-profit Ruff Start Rescue based in Princeton. “It’s so cold. One night, I woke up, it was negative 10 this past weekend. All I could think about is, ‘I hope she’s alive.'”

A break came Monday afternoon.

Sherburne County Sheriff’s Deputy Renee Casey, a 12-year veteran of the department, took a call at the end of her shift about a boxer in distress on a wooded property in Zimmerman. A grandfather and his grandkids had noticed the dog tangled up in the trees, so they called 911 to get the dog some help.

They described the dog as a boxer.

“Upon coming up to the dog, I immediately knew this was not any boxer,” Casey said. “It was Old Lady.”

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