Dog hit by car, missing more than 40 days found alive

ORANGE, Mass. (WWLP) – Anytime a pet goes missing its almost impossible to stay positive — especially if its for more than 40 days during the winter in New England.

Chessie, a newly-turned one-year-old Retriever, beat the odds. He ran away in the woods after he was struck by a vehicle on Eagleville Road on December 13.

With the help of the Orange Police Department, Orange Fire Rescue,the dog’s determined owner, and about 32,000 Facebook users, Chessie is home.

On Monday, 42 days later, residents saw Chessie, brought him in their home and cared for him until a New Salem Dog Officer could pick him up. Chessie was reunited with his family although Orange Fire Rescue said he has a road of recovery ahead.

In a December 13th post by the Orange Fire Rescue, the public was first notified about Chessie — a neighborhood dog who ran away after he was hit by a car. In the post, Orange Fire listed John Greenwood as Chessie’s owner. For weeks, Greenwood could be seen commenting on the post remaining positive, providing the some odd 32,000 people who had shared, liked, and commented on the post, with updates.

Monday, Orange Fire Rescue posted their own update, Chessie was found! “Our community never gave up,” the post started.

Scores of citizens, firefighters and police officers have looked out for him since this day- Some even walking out into the woods on their off time to help. This is the kind of community we are. We take care of each other. Times like these when you all do what you do… it keeps us doing what we do… to help each other.”

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