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Family reunited with pets after goat, poodle get loose

June 25, 2009

When 4-month-old Hazel the Goat joined the Hull family, there was no indication an escape was evident, but Sunday afternoon brought an empty yard and concerned family members in Clear Spring.

Not to be left out of the fun, 2-year-old Mia the Poodle joined her new yard mate in an unexpected overnight romp.

A relieved Katherine Hull came to the Humane Society of Washington County Monday afternoon to claim her wayward pets.

Hazel came to live with the Hull family on Friday evening and all seemed to be going well.

"Hazel and Mia were playing and getting along really well," Hull said. "I noticed Hazel was really investigating the fence line, so I guess she was planning something that we didn't pick up on."

Upon returning home Sunday afternoon, the Hulls found the unlikely pair missing.

"Who would have thought the two would get out together," Hull said. "I guess they kept each other company as they went on their investigative foray through the neighborhood."

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Concerned travelers driving by found the two roaming free and brought them to the shelter after failing to locate their owners. By Monday afternoon, both were safe at home.

The Humane Society is at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown. Call 301-733-2060 or go to www.hswcmd.org for information on animal-related issues, directions to the shelter and information about programs and services.

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