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Dogs Lost in the Heart of Hurricane Sandy

Mango and Finn bolted from Jeanne Johnson's Mastin Place home and are now missing as Hurricane Sandy's vicious winds cut a path through Ridgewood.

Update at 9:14 a.m. Tuesday: The dogs were safely returned.

A Ridgewood woman and her family are distraught after their two basset hounds escaped from a Mastin Place backyard Monday as gusts from Huricane Sandy ripped limbs from trees across the county.

"I let my two dogs out in the back yard for their final run of the night," Jeanne Johnson told Patch Monday night. "It was dark and I didn't see that the fence was down. They've run away."

Johnson said she grabbed the flashlight and ventured outside with neighbors, but the extreme elements — winds gusts up to 75 mph and trees crashing onto electrified wires and homes — forced them back indoors.

"We went in my car but the downed trees and powerlines stopped us," an emotional Johnson told Patch. "I just pray my dogs are safe! Hopefully [they're] under someone's patio or something."

The weather is expected to worsen overnight, officials say.

The basset hounds are named Mango and Finn, she said. Johnson believes the dogs are in the area of Walnut Street. Their phone number is in their collars.

If you have seen either dog please contact Jeanne Johnson at 201-851-3262 or e-mail her at jeannehope@yahoo.com.

"I'm just sick," Johnson said. "My kids are too."

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VKC October 30, 2012 at 03:50 AM
OMG, they were in my backyard on E Glen Ave. My landlord tried to get them but they ran off howling in the wind.
Martha Mc October 30, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Let's hope they stay together and they are safe. I will be on the look out in Glen Rock.
Hilary Jones October 30, 2012 at 10:43 AM
Just saw on FB that Jeanne's dogs were found and are home, safe and sound! One good thing....
Lisa Ertle October 30, 2012 at 01:56 PM
James, your reporting during storms and sincere concern for people's difficulties (including when pets are lost) has made you an important piece of the fabric of this community. Thanks.
VKC October 30, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Thank you James for reporting this story, Thank goodness the dogs are home safe. Love those happy endings :)
barbara October 31, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Amen!

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