Escaped dog travels 160 kilometres across Switzerland in one night

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Escaped dog travels 160 kilometres across Switzerland in one night
An escaped border terrier named Lucky made an incredible 160-kilometre journey across Switzerland before she was found near Lake Geneva (pictured) on Tuesday morning. Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP

An escaped border terrier named Lucky made an epic 160-kilometre journey across Switzerland on the eve of the country's national holiday before being found and returned to her owners.


Lucky’s owners had left her in kennels in the Bern canton, but the 14-year-old dog broke out on Monday evening.

The following morning she turned up in Geneva some 160 kilometres (100 miles) away, the RTS public broadcaster reported.

"There was a hole in the fence" at the kennel, Lucky's owner Jennifer Wagner told RTS.

The dog was found near Lake Geneva on the morning of August 1st as a sprinkling of fireworks kicked off celebrations for the Swiss national holiday.

A Geneva resident spotted the animal on the side of a road and alerted the authorities, RTS said.

Since Lucky was microchipped, police swiftly tracked down her owners, who were in Berlin frantically awaiting news of their escaped pet.

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Besides a few ticks in her coat, Lucky did not appear to have been hurt during her journey.

"I feel lucky that she is healthy, and did not die, and was not injured," Wagner told RTS. "It was a big fright for us."

Wagner however thinks her dog had a little help for her epic journey.


She believes someone must have picked up the very friendly dog and driven her to Geneva.

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"I don't think it is possible she ran [the whole way]. It is 160 kilometres," she said.

"That is impossible for a dog in such a short time."


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