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Sackville dog locates missing cat in storm drain

Residents hail Cash as local hero


Published on July 3, 2017

Izzy Francolini is the owner of a cat named Ghost who was missing for six weeks. Above, Francolini sits by the storm drain where Ghost was located by Cash the dog.

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SACKVILLE, N.B. – A Sackville dog is being hailed as a local hero by some area residents after discovering a missing cat in a storm drain.

Ghost the cat eluded capture for six weeks, until Cashew the dog spotted him inside a manhole on the corner of Charlotte and Lansdowne streets.

Ghost has gotten out before. He had originally been living in the walls and vents of a friend’s house. It took them a month to catch him. His name sadly suits him.”

Izzy Francolini

“We were on a walk,” said dog owner, Shelly Colette, “and Cash suddenly stopped and wouldn’t move. I looked down, and thought, holy crow! That’s that missing cat!”

Colette contacted Ghost’s owner, Sackville resident Izzy Francolini, while the dog stood guard.

“I ran over as fast as I could,” said Francolini, “Ghost has gotten out before. He had originally been living in the walls and vents of a friend’s house. It took them a month to catch him. His name sadly suits him. I honestly wasn't sure he'd ever come home.”

While Francolini waited for the town works crew to arrive, local residents responded with support, bringing sunscreen, bug repellent, food, and a raincoat. A neighbour even charged her cellphone.

The town works crew broke open the manhole cover, but with no sight of Ghost in several hours, Francolini decided to try again the following day. Walking by later that night, Meagan Chaput heard Ghost meowing. Francolini and a friend, Ali Louwagie, rushed right over.

“We were there another hour, then we heard meowing. We managed to tempt his head out of the pipe just enough for me to grab him by the scruff and pull him out,” said Francolini. “I'm so happy to have my soft son cozy at home again. Bless everyone for helping. Bless Cashew, the sweetest rescue pup."

Colette wasn’t surprised by Cashew’s role in the rescue efforts. This wasn’t the first time that he had tracked down something lost.

“Cash is a tracker. He can find anything. He found Lucy Buckler’s missing doggie cardigan in the middle of the woods once. He’s a goofball, but he gets the job done,” said Colette.

Cash may be a tracker, but after six weeks hiding in Sackville’s storm drains, Ghost has proven himself a wily cat.

“He definitely gave Cash a run for his money,” said Francolini.