Please do not let them run out, they could have gotten hurt or killed, that is so scary. Elmo and my other dogs have a 6ft. privacy fenced in back yard, which is 2 1/2 acres, I have a deck that also has a gate where they can go out into the fenced yard, I never let them out in the front yard, we keep them in our Den where we are, the living room and the den have a gate across it so they cannot go in the living room where the front door is.