A Fort family is thanking the public after a large contingent ventured out to find a scared Chihuahua.
 
During last night's storm (August 13), Naomi Sawitsky's new puppy, Cindy the Chihuahua, was out in the yard. A crack of thunder spooked the small dog who wriggled free of her collar and took off.
 
A frantic post to a Facebook group got the ball rolling and a small army of people ventured out into the storm to look for Cindy.
 
"I just can't believe how many people came together and helped us look for this puppy and thankfully, she was found," said Sawitsky. "I'm so blessed and so happy, I can't believe what a strong, loving community we have."
 
A group of kids found Cindy and brought a blanket but the terrified dog took off.
 
This morning, a Fort resident named Heather found her and captured her near the library. Pooch and parent were reunited shortly thereafter.
 
Sawitsky said there was people out in the storm, until 2:00 a.m., driving and walking around the city.
 
The most heartbreaking part was that Sawitsky only got the dog that day.
 
The little Chihuahua is now safely locked in a kennel with blankets, warming up after a frightening night outside.

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