A frantic search for family’s lost dog at DIA ends happily

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DENVER --  A family was looking for a dog they got for their children for Christmas after it ran off at Denver International Airport on Wednesday night.

Whitney Foley said her husband Matt Foley went to DIA's cargo area to pick up their new 18-month-old bearded collie, who was shipped from Canada. Matt Foley told his wife the dog, named Cassie, was very scared the flight.

He was able put Cassie in the back seat of his car, but when he went to close the door, the dog jumped out. Matt Foley was able to grab the leash, but Cassie got out of her collar and ran off.

Whitney Foley said her husband was at DIA all night searching for Cassie and continued the search Thursday morning.

"She's very smart and very sweet," Whitney Foley said. "She's extremely scared at the moment."

Cassie has since been reunited with her owner, but it wasn't easy.

It turned into a full-blown dog chase until she got trapped in a culvert, but  police got her out safely.

Now that she is found, Cassie can be a Christmas present for the owner's children just as planned.

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