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Missing dog Zeus returned to caretaker after being found on University of Kentucky campus

White German shepherd Zeus is comforted by Kentucky Kernel design editor Damir Kocer, center, as a University of Kentucky police officer looks on. Zeus was found outside the Kernel newsroom after spending a cold night lost in Lexington.
White German shepherd Zeus is comforted by Kentucky Kernel design editor Damir Kocer, center, as a University of Kentucky police officer looks on. Zeus was found outside the Kernel newsroom after spending a cold night lost in Lexington.

A dog that had been missing since Sunday was found Monday morning outside the newsroom of the University of Kentucky’s student newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel.

Zeus, a white German shepherd, had slipped out of his collar outside Good Samaritan Hospital about 6 p.m. Sunday, according to a post on the Facebook page for Lost Dog Lexington.

The dog’s owner, a UK emergency room doctor, had died over the weekend and a co-worker was caring for the dog, according to the post.

The post was shared 2,516 times. One of the people who’d shared the post Sunday night was Kentucky Kernel design adviser May May Barton.

About 11 a.m. Monday, Barton and design editor Damir Kocer were talking in a Kernel office when they noticed a white dog walking past the window.

“At first we didn’t think much of it,” Barton said. But after a few minutes, she remembered the post she’d shared on Facebook the night before.

Kocer went upstairs to find the dog was sitting right in front of the door. As soon as the door was opened, Zeus ran inside, down the stairs and into the Kernel newsroom.

“He was very sweet, but very scared,” Barton said. The dog had endured below-freezing temperatures overnight and his paws were bleeding when he was found.

Once Barton was able to get in touch with the emergency room employee that had written the post on Facebook, a nurse came to check out the dog.

After it was confirmed that the dog was Zeus, he was returned to his caretakers. Barton said the dog didn’t appear to have any serious injuries.

“It was all just very surreal and special,” Barton said.

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