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Lost Loudonville dog found alive at bottom of ravine

October 20, 2018 04:28 PM

LOUDONVILLE - Capital Region social media was abuzz this week with the story of a missing dog in Loudonville. Mandy is 15 years old - and when she disappeared - her owners feared the worst. However, the story has a happy ending, thanks to the kindness of strangers and a remarkable rescue.

This all began early Tuesday morning. Workers at their home in Loudonville left the gate open to the backyard and Mandy meandered off.

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Owner Paul Fitzgerald and his family started searching the neighborhood but came up empty. They posted info social media and hung signs. However, the day ended with no Mandy.

That's when someone suggested they contact Josh Grassi of Clifton Park. For the past 15 years, Grassi has been volunteering his time to help people find lost pets. He searched all day Wednesday with no luck. However, his experience and determination would pay off.

Mandy was finally found on the second day of searching, in a steep, deep and dangerous ravine. At first, Grassi feared the worst. Then, realized she was still alive.

A nearby homeowner grabbed a duffel bag –- which Grassi and a friend packed Mandy into.

Getting her up the steep hill needed an assist from local police, helping to make a human chain.

The rescue was a success -- and miraculously no one was hurt.

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Jerry Gretzinger & WNYT Staff

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