Colorado police have reunited a family with his lost golden retriever after he accidentally discovered the animal during a drone training session Sunday.
Farah, who had run away from a car accident three months earlier, was found by the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office in the area she had last seen in Colorado Springs.
Police were able to find Farah quickly thanks to the drone’s infrared camera, the sheriff’s office said on Facebook. “A short time later, Farah was reunited with her family.
“She is safely on her way home and the team (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) has been able to practice some very valuable search and rescue techniques with our drone.”
Because a vet thinks she was hit by a car during her disappearance, Farah, who now weighs half her previous body weight, has to amputate a leg.
Golden Retriever Farah (pictured) was accidentally discovered by Fremont County Police during a drone training session
Farah’s owner Taylor Salazar reunites with her dog three months after Farah ran away from a car accident
Salazar said her family adopted Farah just after her late husband, Fili, was diagnosed with terminal cancer: ‘He was in love with her from the moment he saw her’
Three months before her rescue, Farah had run away from a car accident involving her owner’s father.
The driver had a seizure while driving and crashed in a “rural and poorly lit area,” according to… CBS News.
Farah then fled the scene.
Farah’s owner, Taylor Salazar, told… KRDO that the family had adopted the golden retriever “to brighten up our household” after Salazar’s late husband, Fili, was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
A Fremont County Sheriff’s Office coordinator was aware of Farah’s story and notified Salazar of the department’s drone training session, which was to be held in the area where Farah was last seen.
According to reports, Farah was caught on the drone’s infrared camera almost immediately after the training session started
Farah seen from Fremont County Sheriff’s Office drone
Salazar and members of the Sheriff’s Office Unmanned Aircraft Systems team went to Farah, who was on the other side of a barbed wire fence, and Salazar lured her in with a piece of chicken.
The training session proved valuable to the Sheriff’s Office: ‘She is safely on her way home and the team (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) has been able to practice some very valuable search and rescue techniques with our drone’
Due to injuries sustained during her disappearance, Farah, who now weighs half her previous body weight, will have to amputate one of her legs
“He was in love with her from the moment he saw her,” Taylor said.
Several photos of Farah had been taken in the months following her disappearance, although no local resident was able to save her.
“If they got too close, she’d run away and know where to go,” Salazar said. “She was hiding.”
Salazar added that she had seen surveillance footage of Farah’s drinking water at a nearby farm near the area where she was rescued.
A dispatcher at the sheriff’s office knew Farah’s story and invited Salazar to the drone training session in hopes of saving the dog.
Farah was seen with the cameras before Salazar approached the area and left a piece of chicken on the ground.
The golden retriever was then seen on the other side of a barbed wire fence.
“She stuck her head through the barbed wire fence and the next moment she was on my lap, and I was like, ‘I’ve got her,’” Salazar said.