Sookie the dog escapes snare to rejoin Shellbrook, Sask., family on Christmas Eve
Great Pyrenees missing for days
Shannon Hamilton figured that Sookie was a goner.
The two-year-old great Pyrenees vanished from her Shellbrook, Sask., acreage on Dec. 21. Sookie always wandered the countryside with her brother Nanook. But on that day, Nanook came home alone.
After a couple of days, Hamilton resigned herself to the notion she had lost her dog to coyotes.
But then, on Christmas Eve, she heard a thump from her deck.
"She managed to return home with a snare around her front paw. Her foot was frozen solid below the snare and she had tried to chew it off," Hamilton said.
Hamilton has started a GoFundMe page called "A new chance for Sookie" to help offset the surgery, custom prosthesis and rehab costs. It has a $5,000 goal.
She also contacted conservation officers in Shellbrook to find out where the snare came from. She said they tracked it to a trapping site where bones had been dumped for bait.
"It was clear where Sookie had been trapped and that she had been there for several days. The site was within a mile from our home," she said.
"Legally, trapping must be a minimum of one-mile radius and the trappers are to notify any occupied residence within that radius. We were not notified."
She said that the case is now under investigation.