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Runaway dog captured at airport

Dec. 26, 2012 at 2:54 PM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- A dog exported from Egypt to the United States has been captured after escaping upon its arrival at Washington's Dulles International Airport.

Ralphie, a German shepherd-Labrador mix, arrived in America Dec. 12 and promptly bolted from captivity, living on street smarts acquired from his life in Egypt until he was captured in a trap Tuesday morning at the airport, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

The trap, which humanely confines animals without harming them, was set near a reported sighting of the dog while it roamed free, an airport employee said.

A network of social media sites was enlisted to find Ralphie, the newspaper said, leading to a headline on one posting at the conclusion of the search reading, "Reunited! Dulles rescue dog found today!"

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