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Vet: Dog Walks Miles To Mudslide Site Where Former Owner Died

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Crews work at the Oso mudslide site on March 29, 2014 in Oso, Wash. (credit: David Ryder/Getty Images)

Crews work at the Oso mudslide site on March 29, 2014 in Oso, Wash. (credit: David Ryder/Getty Images)


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OSO, Wash. (CBS Seattle/AP) — A dog reportedly walked miles to the area of the deadly mudslide where his former owner died.

KING-TV reports that Boomer, a golden retriever, was found in the debris field nearly two weeks after the deadly mudslide with cuts on his legs and a hip injury.

A veterinarian with Arlington Veterinary hospital said that the dog’s injuries did not come from the landslide, but from walking up to three miles from his current owner’s house to the mudslide site and dealing with the rough terrain.

According to KING, the dog’s current owner is the sister of the man who died in the mudslide. The man reportedly gave Boomer to his sister when he moved.

The death toll from the Oso mudslide remains at 30, but the Snohomish County medical examiner’s office says it has positively identified one more of the victims — the 28th.

The office said Friday it’s withholding the name until the family is notified. Two other victims remain unidentified.

The number of missing has varied, but the Snohomish County sheriff’s office said Thursday it was trying to find 17 people.

Meanwhile, the recovery effort continues at Oso where a steep hillside gave way March 22 and roared across the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River burying the riverfront community in mud, trees and debris.

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