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Missing dog found after Vancouver family conducts exhaustive search

Sami the dog apparently ran off while under the care of what the family calls a neglectful sitter they hired through an app. (Courtesy Shannon Lercher)

Sami, a two-year-old Shepherd-Rhodesian Ridgeback cross who went missing on Friday, has been found safe

Sami's family had pleaded with the public on social media to help them find the dog

The dog's family claims Sami ran off while under the care of a neglectful sitter they found on an app

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It’s a happy ending to a story of a missing dog in Vancouver, whose family has tirelessly been searching for her since the weekend.

Sami, a two-year-old Shepherd-Rhodesian Ridgeback cross, ran off on Friday while under the care of a dog sitter hired through an app.

“After a long stakeout yesterday…we went home dejected, leaving her bed behind,” Shannon Lercher wrote on Twitter Wednesday morning. “Got a call this morning she was sleeping in it! We’ve got our girl back.”

Social media posts asking for help finding the four-legged family member had been shared a number of times before the dog was finally found safe on Tuesday.

A then-tearful Lercher told NEWS 1130 on Monday that her family had hardly slept since finding out Sami had gotten lost, and claimed the sitter they hired was neglectful.

Lercher believes Sami was let outside offleash — despite instructions not to — and then ran away within two hours of being dropped off. She says the sitter — whose Rover profile has been suspended by the company — has refused to provide any details about what happened.