A 120-pound Russian Terrier swept away Wednesday by surging floodwater under an overpass in Babylon has been found dead, according a Facebook page dedicated to missing pets on Long Island.

The all-black dog, Yuri, was found Thursday morning off of Carlls River, south of Montauk Highway, Lost & Found Pets of Long Island said on Facebook.

“Words cannot express our deepest sympathy or the heartache we feel at Yuri’s loss,” the post read.

Yuri went missing Wednesday after a record-breaking storm dropped more than a foot of rain on parts of the Island. The male Russian Terrier, who was collared and microchipped, was last spotted getting swept under the overpass on Park Avenue sometime around 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Facebook group.

Yuri’s flier generated thousands of shares and inspired many in the community to search for the missing pet.

Lost & Found Pets of Long Island reported that 60,000 people “viewed” their post on Facebook.

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The group also reported a possible sighting at around 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. and that the family of the missing pet was alerted.

“They are still searching and will be heading to the area tomorrow morning as well,” the post read.

But Thursday morning brought the tragic news that Yuri was found dead—a victim of the powerful storm that broke a New York State record for rainfall in a 24-hour period.

Here’s the post reporting the sad news:


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