Neighbors team up to rescue dog from cold, brutal weather

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SHAKER HEIGHTS—It has been bitterly cold over the last few days, especially if you are outside for more than a few minutes at a time.  That’s why one four-legged friend is getting a lot of attention from some Shaker Heights residents.

Sally Bosley and her Shaker Heights neighbors are trying to help a dog that has been outside, wandering for weeks—seemingly, without a home.

The dog has been in many backyards in the southern part of the city.  Many have left food out for the animal, and have tried to get it out of the cold.

"We were really feeling sorry for her in all this cold,” Bosley said.

“She's this gorgeous dark-red dog and she just looks like she would just really be a good pet to somebody if she could be rescued.”

Neighbors like Bosley frequently see the dog.  In fact, the animal ran past Fox 8 cameras while crews were on the scene.

"I don't know how it's surviving. I don't know how it's survived; somehow it is surviving, but right now it is in survival mode,” Vanessa Petrosky said.

Petrosky volunteers with Cleveland Animal Control and decided to help neighbors corral the animal if possible.

"You want to establish routine and trust, so it's perfect the lady has been feeding her. She is trusting this lady.  She's coming into the yard. She's establishing routine,” Petrosky said, referring to Bosley.

“I decided since we have a fenced yard, to put some real stinky food out some sardines and pupperoni sticks and see if I could lure her in,” Bosley said.

Petrosky agrees the cold weather is extremely scary for animals.

"We've got to get her out and get her safe. I'm sure her paws are frostbitten; we have to get her to a vet,” she said.

Petrosky tells Fox 8 she is confident the dog will be rescued because the animal has been coming back to the same location, and they are working on a successful trap to bring it to safety.


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