Dog

Cooper went missing on Jan. 26 in Culpeper, but has since been found.

After two weeks of searching, a missing pup is back with his new owners.

Cooper, a neutered male dog, was adopted from the local Petsmart on Jan. 26, but escaped from his new owner’s Culpeper home later that day. He had been surrendered by his previous owner to the Madison County Animal Shelter along with his mother, Iris, and a sibling.

After escaping, Cooper was spotted around the Fairview Cemetery in Culpeper. Approximately 15 people, including his new owners, participated in a search party for the dog last Saturday morning. Madison County and Culpeper County Animal Control officers assisted in the search.

Iris was brought along to get her scent in the area and traps were set with food and checked daily. A subsequent search was held last Wednesday and on Sunday, after two weeks, Cooper was caught. According to a Facebook post, someone saw Cooper run into a fenced back yard.

The person was able to shut the gate behind him. Cooper was coaxed out from his hiding spot and returned home.

“He was stinkier and skinnier than when we last saw him, but he is back home and has already had a bath and a delicious meal,” Sunday’s post said.

The animal shelter is thankful for everyone who participated in the searches, posted flyers and allowed traps to be set in their yards. Also receiving a happy ending was Cooper’s mom, Iris, who has been adopted by the son of one of the searchers.

“She is such a hero and we are celebrating happy endings for two amazing dogs,” animal shelter representatives said.

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