Dog that survived animal cruelty now missing near Oliver

Survivor sled dog missing

Have you seen this senior sleddie? Arctic, a 13 year-old husky who survived years of animal abuse went missing on June 22 near Oliver.

Owned by Alison and Patrice Savoie of Maple Ridge, the couple adopted the spirited pup back in 2013 from the BC SPCA after he survived an infamous case of animal cruelty. 

“He’d only ever lived on a chain,” said Alison Savoie told CTV News. “He’d never had any freedom before.”

In 2012, Robert Fawcett was responsible for 56 dead dogs hidden on a site near Pemberton. He pled guilty to animal cruelty charges.

The Savoies family had Arctic in their home in Maple Ridge for six years, until one day Alison Savoie took a trip to Oliver to visit her friend near the 1100 block of Willowbrook Road. 

The next morning she awoke to find Arctic missing. 

Searches have been going through the area since that day, with no luck as of yet. Three unconfirmed sightings have come forward, the last one detailing the husky walking with women and having a rope around his neck on June 25 in Lion’s Park in Oliver.

There haven't been any sightings since then. The reward to bring Arctic home is offering $1000, and the Savoies are hoping that someone will contact them and come forward. 

A search has been organized in Oliver Saturday and any members of the public who wish to help can find details here. 

-with files from CTV News

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