GRANVILLE, N.Y. -- After almost two months of searching for their lost dog, a local family got their happy ending when they were reunited with their pet.
Abby the Beagle is now back safe at home with his owner 8-year-old Scott Wittman, but for two months she was out in the elements of the outdoors.
It is clear the bond that Scott has with his dog Abby. "She's like my side kick," he said.
About two months ago Scott lost his side kick when Abby jumped a fence in their back yard.
"It broke my heart because there was nothing I could do," said Scott's mother, Angela Sakowich.
Scott says all he wanted for his birthday in January was to have Abbey back home, so his mother created a Facebook page, put up pictures of Abby, even asked to post her information on NEWS10's Facebook page.
"It was day by day, week by week... Nothing," said Sakowich.
Then about a month ago, three miles away on his hunting camp ground, Ken Whitney noticed paw prints. The two-year-old Beagle had been staying underneath this porch for weeks.
Whitney calls her a survivor since she endured two snow storms and fended for herself.
"I noticed this dog is so skinny I realized this dog is living here, we have to feed it," said Whitney.
As Scott's birthday came and went, the family still had no sign of Abby.
"I could never get close enough to it to see what the tag numbers were," said Whitney.
After a month of taking care of Abby, Ken was finally able to get near her to look at her collar, and that's when he discovered Abby's owner information.
"It ended up being a little boy... That made my day," said Whitney.
Abby was reunited with Scott and his mom last Friday, a belated birthday reunion for Scott and his sidekick.
"Words cannot express how happy we are," said Sakowich.