Dog found safe after escaping from Va. Animal Hospital while family vacationed miles away

Dog found safe after escaping from Va. Animal Hospital while family vacationed (Photo Courtesy of Aquia-Garrisonville Animal Hospital)

Monday night a dog who was able to open doors with his mouth and escape from a Stafford kennel was found safe and reunited with his owner.

"General," a Great Pyrennes who is around 10 years old, was being kept at the Aquia-Garrisonville Animal Hospital while the family of eight he belongs to visited relatives in Virginia Beach.

Surveillance video provided to ABC7 News by the animal hospital shows General using his nose and mouth to open doors and eventually escape. He is seen making his way out a back door early Monday morning.

"He's a little Houdini," owner Travis Campbell told ABC7 News. "When it comes to doors, he can get a lot of doors open."

Still, Campbell says the family was surprised by what General accomplished.

Troy Snuffer, Aquia-Garrisonville Animal Hospital administrator, told ABC7 News in an email that the hospital got General back around 7:30 p.m. Monday after he was found in a nearby neighborhood.

The hospital says General was spotted lying in a nearby yard. Snuffer says a woman named Mary Snodsmith told the hospital where General was and a Stafford animal control officer helped as well.

Snuffer says General seemed in good spirits after more than 15 hours on the loose.

Campbell emailed ABC7 News to relay the news that General had been found. He says he, his wife and their six kids consider the dog apart of their family.

"Thank you so much for all your help," he wrote. "God bless you guys and everyone who helped spread the news."

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