CAIRO, New York — A lucky puppy that had been lost for over a week was reunited with its owners after a resourceful neighbor tracked her down in the woods by using a drone.
Brian James, of Cairo, New York spotted a notice online about one-year-old Meadow, a Golden Retriever who had disappeared in the woods in nearby Andes, New York.
“I’m realizing that it might be easy to see her from the air if we find her before snow falls,” James, who is a licensed hiking guide and drone pilot, told ABC News.
So he drove a few miles to where Meadow was last spotted 10 days earlier and put his drone up into the air.
He quickly spotted a patch of white among the trees.
“I was able to get a visual on Meadow from the air,” he said.
He then rushed to the spot where he found the pup, who was uninjured, and reunited her with her family soon afterward.
Meadow’s family was overjoyed to have her back.
“We’re just so grateful for Brian for showing up when he did and being able to rescue her,” said Debbie Morgan.
James says anybody can pitch in as needed.
“Everybody’s got the capability to help,” he said. “You never know what will come of it.”