Illinois family reunited with dog missing since barn fire

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An Illinois dog who had been missing since a barn fire in early December has been reunited with his family.

Ollie, a German shepherd golden retriever mix, disappeared December 11. He was recently spotted 62 miles away from home.

TV station WEEK surprised the family with a reunion.

They thought they were sharing the story of their lost dog, but were reunited with the dog instead.

Ollie somehow survived freezing temperatures and snow in central Illinois- including wind chills of -3 35°.

In this case, identification was key.

Ollie lost about 30 pounds and had some damage to his pads and nails. Otherwise, he’s in amazing shape.

See the happy reunion by watching the video from WEEK.