Beloved Family Dog Swept Up in Floodwaters Found Dead

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    The large, fluffy black dog that was swept away by floodwaters on Long Island after Wednesday's torrential downpour has been found dead, according to a Facebook group formed to organize search efforts.

    The dog, a Russian terrier named Yuri, was trying to take a drink during a walk with its owners after the pounding rains let up when it was pulled under water by strong currents in a pond connected to the Carlls River in Babylon. 

    His owner, Jim Kelly, said Wednesday the pooch got sucked under water and disappeared.

    Patricia Ellner, a family friend speaking on behalf of the Kellys Thursday, said Yuri's body was found Thursday morning near the river south of Montauk Highway. The owners borrowed a boat to retrieve his remains, and then he was taken to the veterinarian to be cremated.

    Thousands of people had responded to the Facebook post about Yuri going missing, and Ellner said the dog's owners described the social media effort to find him as "just incredible."

    Ellner said finding the dog's body gave the family closure.

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