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Reverse 911 call helps find dog in Norfolk

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Sunday night Ginnie and Ed Milano were walking their dog Nellie when she got scared and ran away.

The cold overnight scared the owners of the five-month-old weimaraner and they did everything they could to get her back.

“I was freezing cold, it was 8 degrees that night. We were afraid she was going to get frostbite or get eaten by coyotes,” Ginnie Milano said.

It was 24 hours before they heard anything.

“People everywhere were leaving garage doors open and putting beds out and putting foods out and searching,” Ginnie said.

The dog was spotted in Wrentham, the next town over, but then disappeared for another 12 hours.

They posted information on several different websites, but ultimately it was a call to Animal Control Officer Hilary Cohen that helped get Nellie back.

Cohen used the town’s reverse 911 system to target the area where they thought Nellie might be and contact residents.

“I received one tip from that phone call and it was within ten minutes. That was the tip [that found the dog. I do think it was the right thing to do in this case, one more night and that animal might not have made it,” Cohen said.

Ed Milano took their other dog to the house where Nellie’s droppings had been seen and they were able to find her shivering under the deck but otherwise unharmed.

“Thank everyone for the last few days for helping out, we ever would have found her without everyone’s help,” Ed said.

The Milanos said they especially thank Cohen for her help, the fear that without the reverse 911 call they might not have found Nellie.

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