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Dog rescued from puppy mill survives 17 days in Minnesota cold

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WATCH: Old Lady, a St. Bernard in Minnesota, is recovering after quite an ordeal – Jan 24, 2019

A St. Bernard dog that ran away from a foster home in Minnesota has been found alive after surviving 17 days in freezing temperatures.

Ruff Start Rescue director Azure Davis says she wasn’t sure the 10-year-old dog, named Old Lady, was alive after so much time had passed. Old Lady bolted from her foster home on Jan. 4, and her leash got tangled in the woods in Zimmerman, Minn.

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Homeless man’s tearful reunion with dog days after she went missing – Jan 24, 2019

Flyers were posted and search parties were formed, but there was no sign of Old Lady until Monday. A grandfather and his grandsons spotted her in the woods and called law enforcement, which notified Ruff Start Rescue.

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It wasn’t the first time Old Lady had been rescued. Davis says the dog spent a decade at a puppy mill in Wisconsin. Old Lady is frostbitten and malnourished, but rescuers say her vital signs are strong.

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