Murray the Dog Reunited With Family After Attack

Ran off when his owners' friend was assaulted while walking him

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    A beagle mix who ran off when his walker was assaulted was reunited with his family Monday. News4's Darcy Spencer reports. (Published Monday, Oct 8, 2012)

    A beagle mix who ran off when his walker was assaulted was returned to his family Monday.

    He had run off on Friday morning when his owners' friend, Beth Kemler, was assaulted while walking him and her own two dogs. He was later apparently hit by a car.

    The Washington Humane Society -- acting on a tip from someone who recognized him from a flyer -- found him limping on Rhode Island Avenue Sunday night.

    Kemler said Murray got away from her Friday morning after he barked at a jogger in the 600 block of I Street NE.

    The man began yelling, claiming he'd been bitten, and picked up a metal bicycle fender. She thought he was going to use it to beat the dog, but Murray pulled out of his collar and escaped, running down L Street.

    "He's yelling at me, 'I'm gonna get that dog. What's your phone number? Tell me your phone number,'" Kemler said.

    The jogger then grabbed Kemler and touched her inappropriately, she said. "He started grabbing me in sexual places and dragging me in the street," she said. "He actually bruised my arm." He left when she began yelling for help.

    Kemler said she wasn't as upset about what happened to her -- she just wanted to find Murray. She set up a Facebook page Friday to help find him; now you can track his recovery there.

    Murray has burns, cuts, scrapes and a dislocated elbow, but no broken bones. He's recovering at Friendship Animal Hospital, which will cover the first $2,000 of Murray's care. Kemler has set up a fund for Murray to cover the cost of the additional care.

    The man who assaulted Kemler still has not been found. However, the assault was captured by a police camera, and the attacker left behind the piece of metal with his fingerprints on it.