Penny has been found!

Carolyn Hawkins located the missing pooch in the Uplands Court area of Penticton

Nov. 18 – 1:15 p.m.

Penny has been found, thanks to a tip that came in on Nov. 16 stating she was seen in the area of Uplands Ct. in Penticton.

“She wasn’t captured actually, she walked right up to Carolyn (Hawkins, branch manager of BC SPCA South Okanagan/Similkameen),” said Ken McLennan. “They went there to set a trap for her today, and she walked out. She knows me and Carolyn very well.”

McLennan said this took place at approximately 12:30 p.m. today. He was unable to attend as he is at the hospital in relation to his ongoing recovery from being struck by a vehicle.

“She’s got a scrape or something on their back leg, as soon as I get out of the hospital I’m going straight to the vet (where they’re looking her over),” said McLennan. “They’re going to give her a good going over because she’s been gone for 18 days. Carolyn said she stinks really bad so all I have planned is a bath for her tonight.”

McLennan said he never lost hope that Penny would be found, saying that “she’s a pretty tough dog.” He’d like to thank the numerous volunteers who helped search the area while Penny was missing.

Now, McLennan says he can finally focus on his own recovery since his faithful companion will be back by his side.

More information about Penny’s status and their long awaited reunion to come!

Nov. 4 – 3:30 p.m.

Ken McLennan says he’s still waiting to hear some good news. So far, though, nobody has located his boxer, Penny, who went missing Halloween night after he was hit by a car while the two were out on one of their twice-daily walks.

“I have people out looking,” said McLennan. Penny requires medications twice daily for a heart condition, but she shouldn’t be in immediate danger.

McLennan says he’s “not so good,” worrying about his friend.

“Other than that, I am sorer than hell, but I guess I’m beginning to heal,” said McLennan, referring to his own injuries from the collision, which threw him about six feet.

Nov. 3 – 4:00 p.m.

Penny has still not been located, but McLennan isn’t giving up hope yet.

“She’s a tough girl, she’s been through a lot to get here,” said McLennan.

He said he has received “lots” of phone calls from people wanting to aid his effort in searching for her, but no tips have come in yet as to where she might be or if she has been spotted.

Nov. 2 – 1:30 p.m.

The public is being urged to keep their eyes out for Penny the boxer who’s been missing since her owner was hit by a car on Halloween night.

Ken McLennan said he and Penny were out for their nightly walk around 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 31 when about 75-feet from his home he was struck by a speeding car that turned the corner in the Truro Street and Redlands Drive area.

“I got smacked by the car and flew about six-feet or so. I was laying there on the ground with the leash in my hand and there was no dog attached to it,” he said.

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McLennan said Penny ran into his yard, but the gate was open and she ran back out and bolted as ambulance and police arrived on scene. He was then taken to hospital by ambulance, treated and released for scratches and bruising.

“I’m sore today, but they told me that would happen. Right now I don’t care about myself. I’m worried about her more than anything,” he said.

Penny is between 10 to 12 years old and requires medication twice a day for a heart condition. McLennan adopted her from the SPCA about two-and-a-half years ago after she was found on a logging road, emaciated and with scars on her legs. They walk twice a day in the morning and night before bed.

Related: B.C. SPCA’s Penticton vet hospital celebrates anniversary

“She’s really shy because of her time up on the logging road. When I got her she was really skinny and covered in scars. But even though she’s been through a lot she’s very happy and gets along with other dogs, and cats and little kids. She’s a sweetheart. Anyone that has met her just loves her because she is easy going,” he said.

McLennan said there are a lot of people looking for her and he encouraged people to check their garages, sheds or anywhere she might have run into to hide because she was scared.

Anyone who spots Penny is asked to call McLennan at 250-460-2449 or call Carolyn Hawkins with the Penticton SPCA at 250-486-1039.

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