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N.C. State vet school retrieves missing dog

Posted March 15, 2009
Updated March 16, 2009

— A spokeswoman for the North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine said that an anonymous caller helped them find a dog that slipped away from its handler early Sunday.

A man called the university Monday to report that he found Lilly, a black Labrador Retriever mix, walking near Rex Hospital.

Owner Tara Oxley brought Lilly in for treatment at N.C. State's vet school. The dog slipped off her leash while a staffer was exercising her outdoors in a construction site in the 4700 block of Hillsborough Street shortly after midnight.

Staffers looked for her, and campus police came out to help, but they couldn't find her.


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  • something2say Mar 16, 2009

    Wow, amazing! So glad she was found. I would be terrified for my pup if he were to wonder those streets as he is not familiar with busy roads. Glad she was found safe and sound, I hope the vet school has fixed any issues that allowed this to happen!

  • bluewind Mar 16, 2009

    I am so GLAD you found Lily! I've been to the vet school for several reasons, and have always been so impressed! Good luck...

  • hz5417 Mar 16, 2009

    Yeay! From one dog mom to all the others...I am so relieved to know she is safe and back where she is loved and cared for!

  • clover1019 Mar 16, 2009

    hooray! =) I am so glad to hear she is back home safe and sound I wish her a speedy recovery for why she was at the vet school to begin with. Rescues are the best dogs anyone could have- they seem to love their family just a that much more because they know they were saved =). Construction is no excuse- Vet school-Fix those fences!

  • tloxley Mar 16, 2009

    THANK YOU to everyone for their support in bringing Lily home. She is doing great and is getting some much needed sleep right now. Some people might not understand all the hype for a dog but dog lovers out there will know what an integral part a pet can play in a family. We rescued Lily when she was 4 weeks old and she's been our only child for over 4 years now. What is important here is that we got what we ulimately wanted - our baby girl safely returned. It is unfortunate what happened at NCSU Vet Hospital but it was an honest mistake that could have happened to anyone, anywhere. Despite the events, we will continue to go to NCSU vet hospital for any issues Lily's regular vet can't address - with reassurances that she'll be double-harnessed and there are no holes in the fence, of course! The vet hospital did a great job getting the word out which eventually led to the tip we received this morning. They have a lot of expertise in vet medicine that Raleigh is lucky to have access to.

  • medicineedison Mar 16, 2009

    Well I will be DOGGONE! (dat dat, CHING!)

  • gandiee Mar 16, 2009

    free vet bills for life

  • bigmelons2004 Mar 16, 2009

    I am just glad the dog was found safe.

  • saraoxley Mar 16, 2009

    Everybody is excited to see Lily reunited with her mom and dad and in a warm, dry house! She has a huge family of dogs (and people) that love her and missed her this weekend. Unfortunately, a lot of what was said in the articles is untrue...of course, huge thanks to the person who called in with a tip this morning of her whereabouts, but all of the credit should go to Lily's parents and friends who spent hours walking the streets and calling her name. It was Lily's mom who found her this morning and brought her in to the vet school to be checked out...the vet school did not find her. As for the fence issue, apparently there are multiple gaps in the fence that surrounds the area due to construction, which is no excuse. As for the vet school handler, we all understand that mistakes happen. The unfortunate part was the lack of care taken when harnessing the dog to take her for a walk and the lack of urgency and participation from the Vet School in trying to find her.

  • gandiee Mar 16, 2009

    good thing she did not head down Hillsborough Street or over to Western Blvd.