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Ross' wild run has a (sort of) happy ending

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COURTESY OF MCAS - Ross the pit bull returned to Multnomah County Animal Services early Friday morning after being hit by a car on Highway 217. Ross ran away Wednesday night before he could have hernia surgery in Cedar Hills.Ross the dog is home, recovering from his wild run.

Ross, a black-and-white pitbull who was staying at the Multnomah County Animal Services in Troutdale, ran away Wednesday night, Jan. 20, during a potty walk at the Veterinary Surgical Center of Portland on Southwest Park Way in Cedar Hills. After two days on the lam, Ross was discovered early Friday morning in Beaverton, where he had been struck by a car on nearby Highway 217.

Ross suffered a dislocated hip, and is bruised and scraped, but alive, said Multnomah County Animal Services Officer Nicole Cherry.

Ross was supposed to have hernia surgery Wednesday night at the Tanasbourne clinic. During a pre-surgery potty break, he slipped his leash and ran. Animal services and clinic staff spent the next 24 hours passing out 1,000 flyers and scouring the neighborhood searching for Ross. More than 900 people shared social media posts about the lost dog.

About 2 a.m. Friday, Jan. 22, a Beaverton EMT returned the dog to the Tanasbourne Veterinary Emergency clinic about a mile from where Ross escaped. He reported the dog had been struck by a vehicle on Highway 217. Tanasbourne staff had seen Facebook posts about the lost dog and notified the nearby surgical center.

Cherry says Ross was at the surgical center for observation. He returns to animal services in Troutdale, where he'll stay until his hip heals. Once he’s recovered, he can undergo the original surgery. After that, Ross will be eligible for adoption.