In mid-December, Chessie, a young Chesapeake Bay Retriever, was in his driveway in Orange, Massachusetts, when an intoxicated man driving on the wrong side of the road struck him. Police witnessed the accident and made an arrest, but in spite of neighborhood searches, Chessie, who had run into the woods nearby, was nowhere to be found, Fox25 reported.
That is until 43 days later.
Last week, Chessie was spotted by a member of the community, who traveled across an iced-over lake to rescue him. He was alive despite having spent a month and a half in snowy, cold temperatures, and was reunited with his owner last week.
The Orange Fire Rescue EMS posted the good news on Facebook, lauding the community for helping in the search.
“Scores of citizens, firefighters, and police officers have looked out for him since this day,” the post reads. “Some even walking out into the woods on their off time to help. This is the kind of community we are. We take care of each other.”
He also made the local news:
This incident occurred in the same town where animal control officials made national news for rescuing a dog that had become entangled in an embankment earlier this month.
The owner has since set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for the veterinary care Chessie will need to recover, including an orthopedic surgery.
“What a miracle that he survived through all the cold days and nights,” the owner wrote.