MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A 9-year-old beagle mix that had been missing for 41 days has been reunited with his Massapequa family that had been forced out of their home by flooding from Superstorm Sandy.
The family had been staying with relatives in Levittown when Clyde disappeared on Dec. 18. The dog had jumped a fence after being frightened by thunder.
“Every day I was out looking for him,” owner Christina Yevoli told 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera.
She also created a Facebook group called “Bring Clyde Home” to track down her lost dog.
About 10 days ago, he was spotted behind the old K-Mart building on Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown, according to the group’s page.
A dog trapper was enlisted and Clyde was captured in the woods along the Southern State Parkway near Route 107 in North Massapequa on Wednesday morning.
He was then reunited with his family.
“There was a weight lifted off my shoulders,” Yevoli said. “It was horrible, I couldn’t sleep.”
Yevoli said from the start her friends were saying that Clyde was probably trying to make it back home to Massapequa.
“That’s what everybody was telling me in the beginning, ‘I bet you he’s heading back to Massapequa’ and I didn’t believe it,” Yevoli told 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera. “I think if he could’ve crossed the parkway he would’ve been at my old house a long time ago.”
Yevoli said Clyde somehow survived in the woods alone and was sleeping in a hole under fallen trees and bushes.
Clyde lost about half his weight, but a veterinarian has given the dog a clean bill of health.