Kelice — a 1-year-old boxer dog — was rescued late Monday morning after an all-night search in Desert Hot Springs.
The foster pet owner left Kelice outside while she ran to the grocery store, thinking the dog would be OK. That was about 10:50 p.m. Sunday at the home near Mission Lakes Boulevard and Palm Drive.
“When she returned to her home, her gates to her yard had been broken into,” Bandit’s Resort Animal Rescue president JJ Ruch wrote in a plea for help Monday.
The foster home alerted Bandit’s Resort Animal Rescue, which launched a search across the streets of northern Desert Hot Springs. Desert Hot Springs police were also called to the scene.
“We have been searching all hours of the night for Kelice. We will not stop until she is returned back into our custody,” Ruch wrote in an email late Monday morning.
The pup had been rescued from the Coachella Valley Animal Campus about three months ago with leg injuries due to neglect, according to the rescue group.
“She has also been abused,” Ruch writes. “She is easily frightened and untrusting of humans. However, she is very sweet and non-aggressive.”
The rescue group posted fliers about 9 a.m. Monday that offered a reward for finding the pup. Someone called at 11:30 a.m. and said they spotted her in the park, Ruch told The Desert Sun.
“As we were talking to them on the phone, they said, ‘We have her.’ We flew over, [and] we got her in the car,” Ruch said. “She’s here, she’s safe, unharmed, and she is okay.”
The person who found Kelice turned down the reward.
Bandit’s Resort Animal Rescue is a no-kill, non-profit shelter in Desert Hot Springs.