(NECN: Marnie MacLean) - A family from Maryland will soon reunite with their dog who got lost in Maine nearly two weeks ago.
Dempsey's owners had gone to Maine for the holidays, but a few days after Christmas, the dog jumped over a fence and got away. They searched for days with no luck. Eventually, they returned to Maryland heartbroken.
A woman in Maine who saw Dempsey's missing information on Facebook had a feeling she was meant to find the dog. Christine Pierce says she has a boxer, too, and she would want someone else to look for her pet if he was lost.
Dempsey spent nine days outside. He survived ice storms, snow storms, even being hit by a car. Pierce finally found him in an abandoned warehouse and rushed him to the Madison Animal Hospital. He had a broken leg, was experiencing seizures and lost half of his body weight, but he is expected to recover.
Pierce says she feels blessed that she was able to find Dempsey and tell his owners that they will get their dog back.
A fund has been set up at the Madison Animal Hospital to help pay for Dempsey's medical costs, which now tops $2,000. Donations can be made in Dempsey's name to the hospital at 207-696-5200.