Six-year-old black Labrador-huntaway cross Meg and her owners Alison and Andy Cunningham are all tired but “greatly relieved” that she is finally home again.
Meg has been the subject of an intensive search throughout the Purakaunui, Long Beach and Blueskin Bay areas, since she went missing after being involved in a car accident on January 31.
Hopes had been fading after five weeks without a result, when Meg was found on Monday, March 5 afternoon on farmland less than a kilometre from the Purakaunui crash site.
Mrs Cunningham said Meg had suffered injuries to her forelegs, which were infected, she was dehydrated and had lost half of her body weight during the ordeal.
Dr Lisa Argilla has taken charge of Meg’s care, stabilising her with intravenous antibiotics and fluids.
X-rays of her injuries are being assessed, and a decision on treatment will be made by the end of the week.
Mr Cunningham said that, while Meg was at the hospital each day for treatment, she was at home in Purakaunui for the night.
“She seems to have come through last night well, and this morning she even managed a bark for the first time,” he said.
“She is looking a lot brighter, so we are feeling more confident that she is on the mend.”
Meg’s plight had drawn the attention of both local and national news media, as well as an outpouring of support online.
“We have been overwhelmed by the response. I think she may be just about the most famous dog in New Zealand at the moment,” Mr Cunningham said.
The Cunninghams were grateful for the many offers of help they had received to pay for Meg’s treatment, but suggested that people who wished to make a contribution could make a donation to the Dunedin Wildlife Hospital in Meg’s name instead.