Lonely Planet Writer

Missing New York puppy found in middle of snowstorm

A puppy which had been missing from his New York home since last August, turned up miraculously safe and sound – in the middle of the snowstorm this week. Lucky for Burt, the 12-month-old whippet, that he strayed from Morningside Heights, Manhattan to Randall’s Island and was recovered by a member of the city’s Fire Department (FDNY) at its complex.

The Manhattan Skyline
Manhattan. Image by Sigmar / CC BY 2.0

The New York Daily News reports that having made the journey across town and across the East River, the dog was spotted by Lt David Kelly in late December.

Kelly, who works as security at the FDNY Fire Academy, outlined how he saw the dog rummaging for something to eat in the garbage cans and brought him some dog food but “every time I got close it would run away.”

He said he was worried that the dog wouldn’t make it through the snowstorm and decided to capture the animal for his own safety.

ABC Eyewitness News reports that once he had the animal in safe-keeping, Kelly went onto the internet and other social media outlets. To his amazement and delight, he found a Facebook page called – Bring Burt Home. This allowed him to contact the owners and return the dog to his rightful home.

The owner Lauren Piccolo expressed his gratitude to the FDNY in recovering Burt. He joked that the last thing he expected at the height of the blizzard was a phone call to tell him his pet was found.

He acknowledged that while the dog was a resilient sort, he didn’t think “he would have survived such a fierce storm.”

Burt is now resting back in his home and is already on the road to a full recovery.”