Missing Maltese found 1,000 miles from home
How Max the Maltese got from Florida to Chicago is anybody’s guess, but he’ll be making the more than 1,000-mile trip home by air.
The six-pound dog wandered out of his yard in Brandon in the spring of this year, through a broken fence — and he hadn’t been seen since.
Last week, he turned up in a Chicago animal shelter, where he was indentified through a microchip his owners had implanted, according to the Chicago Tribune. Chicago’s Animal Care and Control called Gonzalez with the news.
“I didn’t think I was going to see him again,” Richard Gonzalez said Wednesday.
Gonzalez was unable to fly to Chicago to pick up the dog, so he called the non-profit Northcentral Maltese Rescue organization in Racine, Wisconsin, and a volunteer, Mary Palmer, agreed to pick Max up at the Wisconsin state line.
This weekend, she put Max on a plane from Milwaukee to Florida. Gonzalez will reimburse the organization for the approximately $170 cost of flying Max home.