A rescue puppy that fled its foster family on Friday has been found safe.
Jennifer Mogensen, who is fostering the 9-month-old Maltese-Shih Tzu mix, said the family received a report early Tuesday morning that the mostly black dog had been spotted in a backyard near a Hamburg cemetery. Mogensen's partner, Fred LoFaso, went to the area and put out some food.
A few hours later, the family got a call from a man who, while walking his two large dogs, spotted the puppy asleep under a bush near the food.
LoFaso returned to the area and was able to lure Stormy to him.
The dog was fostered to fulfill a promise Mogensen made last summer to Rachel LoFaso, Fred's 16-year-old daughter, that they would foster a dog this year. Rachel died in a car crash Jan. 14.
The man who found Stormy refused to accept the offered reward and asked instead that the family donate it to the Shih Tzu and Furbaby Rescue, a Georgia-based group that sent the dog north to be fostered.
"You have no idea how much of a relief this is, that this little guy survived," said Mogensen. "He was a stray in Florida, so everybody was saying that he knew what he was doing, even though he was only 9 months old."
She thanked everyone in Hamburg and elsewhere who helped look for Stormy or get the word out about him. "Everybody in the community was so helpful, and we are so appreciative," she said.