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Wandering husky finally caught



Last modified: Wednesday, September 21, 2011
It takes a village to catch a dog.

Or at least it did last week in Concord when more than a dozen people came together for a 7-day quest to keep one small husky from harm. Jennifer McDonnell of Concord first spotted the pup on Sept. 12, but the dog kept running into traffic on Loudon Road as she tried to catch it. After McDonnell made several calls to the local animal shelters and the Concord Police Department, she was referred to Granite State Dog Recovery, a nonprofit run by Holly Mokrzecki of Manchester.

More than 15 people volunteered to try to catch the dog, which was hit by cars on three separate occasions as it skittishly ran across Loudon Road.

The dog was finally caught on Sunday. The volunteers named the dog Gretchen, after the waitress who had helped them at Newick's restaurant.

Mokrzecki said she found out that the husky had been given by a breeder to a young woman earlier on Sept. 12. Neither the breeder nor the woman helped in the search, Mokrzecki said.

After she was rescued, Gretchen was taken to the veterinarian where she was found to be free of broken bones. She has been placed in a foster home with PAWS New England and will soon be up for adoption.