UPDATE: Kelowna man finds lost puppy mill pooch

A rescue dog that was missing for five days has been found, thanks to dozens of volunteers.
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KELOWNA – After five cold days and nights, Mitzu the lost puppy mill dog is back safe in the care of her foster family.

Dozens of strangers spent the last few days combing the Upper Mission in Kelowna for the dog, which went missing Thursday, Feb. 23.

“Mitzu, who is not socialized with people nor is wearing a collar and doesn't know her own name, is hungry and scared after slipping away from her harness while off for a walk Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 a.m.,” a post on a local Facebook page said. “With temperatures reaching -10 last night we hope our girl found somewhere warm to sleep.”

She was found by Mission resident Brad Borthistle, who saw the volunteers on his way home from work and decided to help with the search.

"I was in the right place at the right time," he says. "(The volunteers) spotted the dog going up the orchard and behind some homes. I knew what was behind so I drove to the street behind Gordon and went to a friends house at the end of the street."

After two minutes in the yard he heard a sound coming from the bushes behind a fence.

"I jumped the fence and cornered her and yelled 'I found the dog.'"

Mitzu appeared uninjured and now, thanks to the efforts of volunteers, is safe and warm.

"It was really nice to see so many people coming out to find her," Borthistle says. "Some had been out looking for days."


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