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Lost emotional support dog that sparked northeastern North Dakota search has died

Biscuit was humanely euthanized at Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue after suffering “catastrophic injuries,” Hall said in a post on the “Finding Biscuit” Facebook page.

A Texas mother is asking people in North Dakota to keep any eye out for Biscuit, her son's dog that is lost somewhere east of Minot.
Contributed / Christina Hall
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GRAND FORKS – Biscuit, a lost emotional support dog that sparked a region-wide search in northeastern North Dakota on Thursday, has died.

Christina Hall, of Alvord, Texas, organized the search on behalf of her son Sam Kenyon, who lost Biscuit while riding a boxcar train overnight on Aug. 13. He had been hiking across the country all summer.

Biscuit was humanely euthanized at Turtle Mountain Animal Rescue after suffering “catastrophic injuries,” Hall said in a post on the “Finding Biscuit” Facebook page.

Hall says Biscuit was lost when Kenyon got off the train at a stop to let Biscuit pee. The train started moving again, so Kenyon jumped back on to grab his belongings, but it started moving too fast for him to get off again, leaving Biscuit behind. Kenyon got off the train at the next stop, in Minot.

While Biscuit was not a service dog, she did provide Kenyon, who has schizophrenia, with emotional support.


Hall took to social media to ask for help, posting in lost pet groups and creating a Facebook page dedicated to finding Biscuit.

“The people of North Dakota have been so amazing,” she said. “I’ve had people that have volunteered to go and help Sam. Everybody’s actually as worried about Sam as they have been worried about finding Biscuit.”

Hall also recruited the help of the Retrievers, a Minneapolis-based volunteer organization that specializes in helping pet owners find their lost dogs, to help spread the word.

“A huge shoutout to the Retrievers, who worked so hard to formulate a response,” wrote Hall on Facebook. “Groups like these need our help and support.”

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Ingrid Harbo joined the Grand Forks Herald in September 2021.

Harbo covers Grand Forks region news, and also writes about business in Grand Forks and the surrounding area.

Readers can reach Harbo at 701-780-1124 or iharbo@gfherald.com. Follow her on Twitter @ingridaharbo.
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