The former hole in the fence where Chelsea got out. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
If Chelsea the dog could talk, she would have an incredible story to tell.
She spends her days resting now, but recently the black lab mix went on quite an adventure. Her owner, Kyle White was frantic when she got away.
"I actually got an email at work from one of my neighbors and she said that Chelsea had gotten out," White said. "There was a storm in the area and the thunder frightened Chelsea. She managed to scramble out of a fence and away from home, off Augusta Street in Greenville."
White hit the streets on foot to look around for her as much as possible, and drove around looking for her, but she was nowhere to be found.
Within minutes, White realized the search for Chelsea needed to go to the next level. In addition to making signs for the lost dog, he also turned to social media.
White posted Chelsea's photo on Twitter, Facebook, and FOX Carolina's Lost and Found Pet section on foxcarolina.com. He was shocked when the posts were shared again and again, getting his missing dog's information to thousands of people very quickly.
"It really was an inspiring thing to see a community sort of reach out and help out and care about us finding our dog," he said.
Days passed until he got a phone call. A driver along Woodruff Road, several miles from his home had spotted Chelsea.
"By all accounts, she had been walking five days straight," White said. "When we found her, she was malnourished and skittish. She was afraid to go outside for a few days, but by some miracle she had no major injuries and was generally in good health."
It was not social media that found her, but White still finds comfort in knowing so many eyes were looking for her.
Now, Chelsea is back home. She spends a lot of time sleeping and is sometimes hesitant to go back outside. White, his wife and young daughter are delighted to have Chelsea back with her family.
"We're ecstatic," White said. "I've had her for ten years and when we lost her, it was like losing a member of the family. She and my daughter are best friends. She is a loyal member of our family that is always there when we come home."
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