ODOT helps to reunite lost dog with owner

Two veterans from Idaho on vacation lost their R.V. in a fire late Sunday night near Chemult…but those men are grateful tonight, thanks to a little help from the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Renaldo Cuneo was reunited with his two year old boxer ‘Cummings’ Wednesday night in Klamth Falls.

“I started crying.”  Said Cuneo, recalling news that his dog had been found.  “And i can’t – I try to keep from being emotional.”

Renaldo and his cousin John lost their R.V. in a fire Sunday evening…

“And when I stepped outside, the whole back of the truck was on fire.”

Renaldo’s dog ‘Cummings’ ran away.

“And the dog ran out in the woods and we haven’t seen him.”  Said Cuneo.  “We stayed up until one, two o’clock each night, and putting food out for two nights.”

The two men eventually continued north.

However, Cummings came out of the woods Wednesday morning and got help from an O.D.O.T. worker.

“He opened the door to his rig.”  Notes Tom Feeley of the Klamath Falls O.D.O.T. office.  “The dog jumped in the rig, went into the back seat, curled up, just laid down.”

Feeley then got to notify Renaldo that Cummings had been found.

“And I said, could you keep a hold on him.”  Recalled Cuneo.  “I turned around immediately.”

Renaldo drove back ten hours to Klamath Falls for a happy reunion.

Renaldo and his cousin John say they’re both grateful.

“I don’t know how to thank these people.”  Said and emotional John Cuneo.  “I’m beside myself.  I’ve just never known people like this before.”

Renaldo Cuneo is a Vietnam war vet, while John Cuneo is a Korean war vet.

Both men had high praise for the people of Chemult that helped them out after their R.V. caught fire.

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