Linda Fischer's new Serbian show dog, Queen, got lost at the O'Hare Airport in Chicago for two days. But thanks to dedicated law enforcement and a loving nephew, her dog is back home for the holidays.
"I was sick," said Fischer.
The last three days have been a roller coaster of emotions for Fischer. She lost her new dog at one of the busiest airports in the country, only hours after picking her up for the first time.
"Queen is a champion, she's got champion lines four generations back," said Fischer.
Fischer said they were on their way home to Wisconsin, when her new dog, Queen, got loose.
"She just went ballistic and I had the lead on her and her collar, she rears up and the collar just slipped over her head," said Fischer.
After hours of searching for the Serbian show dog, Fischer gave up. But dedicated law enforcement in Chicago continued to look for Queen.
"Six or seven officers at least or more, all night, until it got too dangerous with the ditches, with the train tracks and stuff," said one Chicago Police Officer.
After two emotional days and a long search in the cold by Chicago Airport Police and airport workers, Fischer finally got the call she'd been waiting for.
"As soon as she heard Sgt. Crane's voice, a female voice, she immediately stopped, stopped running, started to walk to her car, hopped right in her car," said Officer Nick Spencer.
On Sunday, her nephew brought the dog home, a moment she says she'll never forget.
"It meant the world, people that didn't know me and they were just so giving, you know," said Fischer.
"For that many people to say, yeah I'm going to put my life on hold and look for this dog, that's pretty impressive," said Nephew Mark Szarkowitz.
"I was just so excited, I can't tell you boy this is really a Christmas wish come true," said Fischer.
Officials said the dog's feet were hurt from spending time out in the elements and vets said she was dehydrated. But Fischer told Newsline 9 she's already on the way to recovery as she gets settled in her new home.
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