WV veterinarian uses rescue dog to find missing deaf dog

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WHEELING, W.Va. (WTRF) – Thursday night, a dog talking a walk with his owner got away and got lost in the woods at Oglebay.

That dog, two-year-old Chou Chou, a Louisiana Catahoula, has been deaf since birth.

Word spread quickly on Facebook, and Veterinarian Dr. Karl Yurko got out of bed and leashed up his own dog, who has some search-and-rescue training.

Dr. Yurko and his dog, Kilo, walked the Serpentine Trail for about 45-minutes.

“And then he stopped and he froze and he looked. And then I heard a lot of rustling around in the leaves. And I thought well, it could be deer, could be other dogs, could be who knows what, but shined my light, and there he came. He came right to us,” said Dr. Yurko.

“So we’re grateful. We’re very happy that Dr. Yurko is the kind of person that will go out of his way just because he can. I do not know this family. Chou Chou isn’t a client at KEY Animal Hospital. However, he is now and always will be,” said Chou Chou’s owner, Jerri McCombs.

Dr. Yurko’s dog is a five-year-old Belgian Malinois.

The dog he tracked down, Chou Chou, has been deaf from birth due to a genetic problem common in dogs of that breed that are mostly white with blue eyes.

Chou Chou is just fine, with no ill effects from his evening in the woods.

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