Chittenango Falls (WSYR-TV) - After an incident that occurred last week at the Emmons family home, they never though they would see their 9-year-old puppy Zoey back home with her family.
A week ago, Laura Emmons let Zoey out with her Yorkie sister.
When Laura tried to let the dogs back in, Zoey was gone. Laura called out, but didn’t hear and reply.
"I got my husband, my father, and everybody else that we could find...looking, searching for her and couldn't find her,” she said.
Living in the rural community of Chittenango Falls, the Emmons family thought a wild animal had snatched Zoey up or that she had run off and gotten lost.
"Every horrible thought was in our mind,” Emmons said.
Emmons said she was devastated.
“I couldn't even talk, when I tried to tell people I work with I couldn't talk, I'd start crying,” she said.
But when Laura began thinking Zoey was gone forever, her son mentioned an odd smell coming from the engine of his car.
When they popped the hood, they couldn’t believe their eyes.
"When I opened it she was right here and she stood up and I was like, 'Oh my God Zoe,” Emmons said. "She was shaking like a leaf and was filthy...and she had gone to the bathroom in there..but she was alive. We couldn't believe she was alive. Never thought to look for a dog under the hood of a car.”
The Emmons family believes Zoey wound up in the engine after chasing a squirrel up under the car. When they found her, the dog was severely dehydrated and weak. She had lost a pound from the ordeal.
She had no other injuries, however – even though Emmons’ son had driven the car three times.
"We're very grateful. We couldn't have gotten a better Christmas present than having her back,” Emmons said.
Veterinarians expect Zoey to make a full recovery.