Last of three dogs missing from Belgrade kennel found
BOZEMAN, Mont. - Rodhi, the last of three dogs that went missing from the Tail Waggin' Ranch, has been located and reunited with her owner.
Jennifer Jensen said she got a call around 9:30 Friday morning from the owner of the Belgrade kennel business, Wade Campbell, who said her dog was found by the ranch's neighbor in their yard.
Campbell later told NBC Montana he found the dog on land between the ranch and the Gallatin River nearby.
Jensen, who was vacationing in the area from Washington, boarded the pit bull mix at Tail Waggin' Ranch off Linney Road.
Rodhi disappeared on Sunday. Jensen said she first found out Rodhi was missing when she went to go pick her dog up from the ranch.
Campbell said Rodhi jumped a fence, and said, "I felt bad about what happened."
Jensen and a group of volunteers launched an area-wide search, but turned up no sign of Rodhi.
Jensen had planned to leave Saturday and return to Washington, whether or not Rodhi was found.
"I'm so happy," Jensen said. "I get to go home with my dog."
Rodhi was fatigued, covered in mud and had minor cuts, but Jensen said her dog was otherwise okay.
Two other dogs went missing from the Tail Waggin' Ranch the same day. Those dogs were found earlier this week.
Wade had said those dogs were let out by someone else.
The situation sparked a lot of concern toward the ranch on social media. Campbell defended his business, saying he's boarded 8,000 dogs in the past nine years with little incident.
In the end, Jensen said she only wishes for a positive outcome for everyone involved.
"I want only positive things to come from the search of Rodhi," she said. "There was so much positive energy invested into looking for her."
Though there's no way to know what Rodhi was up to during the days she was missing, Jensen is happy she's back- and says she can't thank the community enough for helping in the search.
"I'm elated, overjoyed, feel so much gratitude toward the community right now, and all of their efforts and support and everything they did for me and Rodhi," she said.
Jennifer and Rodhi are now planning to rest, before heading back to Washington.
And when they get back home?
"We're just going to relax," she said, smiling at her pup, "and probably not go anywhere for a while."