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Chilliwack woman needs help finding injured dog lost near Kamloops

Lost dog Pepe, submitted by owner.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / Lisa Marucio
June 08, 2020 - 11:06 AM

A lost dog has been spotted injured in the woods near Kamloops, but his Chilliwack owner can't find anyone to go get him. 

Yesterday morning, Lisa Marucio stopped to let her dogs out to pee at a brake check between the Inks Lake Road exits on the Coquihalla. 

After returning the dogs to the car, she resumed her journey toward Merritt, without realizing that one of her dogs, Pepe, had escaped from the open passenger door, shortly before she departed.

By the time she returned to the brake check, 40 minutes had passed and she couldn't find him.

Area where Pepe was last seen, at a brake check on the Coquihalla Highway.
Area where Pepe was last seen, at a brake check on the Coquihalla Highway.
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Marucio was told by an area resident that Pepe was seen injured about 16 kilometres south of the brake check near Lac Le Jeune Road, but ran into the woods when approached.

Marucio's daughter is a Kamloops resident and has been looking for Pepe with no luck.

"I can't find anyone to go get him for me," Marucio said, who has since returned to her home in Chilliwack.

"I called the Animal Control and I called the SPCA, and they said because it's outside city limits, they won't go and retrieve him."

Pepe, submitted by owner.
Pepe, submitted by owner.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / Lisa Marucio

Marucio rescued Pepe from Cuba when he was a puppy.

"He was probably a couple days away from death when I rescued him," she said.

"He was living on the beach all by himself… he had no fur, he was filled with ticks."

In the three years since, Pepe made a full recovery, is very friendly and loves children.

Marucio is worried about him and hopes he can be found soon.

"If there are any young people with quads, maybe they can go take a look in there," she said.

He is a light brown mixed breed with short hair and has an orange collar.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts can send an email to be connected with the owner.


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