Missing Virginia dog turns up in Florida
A German shepherd who went missing in Virginia turned up in Florida.
Deacon was spotted weaving in and out of traffic with another dog in a DeLand neighborhood — more than 600 miles from his home, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
Deacon had been missing since two weeks before Christmas and his owners were convinced the 18-month-old dog was dead.
“My husband and I had grieved and had moved on. We had decided we were not going to get any more dogs,” said Pamela Holt of Stuart, Va.
In Florida, a convenience store clerk spotted two dogs in traffic and coaxed them into the store for their safety. Later they were placed in the city run Second Chance Kennel, where Deacon was checked for a microchip. He had one.
DeLand Animal Control Officer Gary Thomas contacted the agency that issued the microchip, which connected him to Holt.
“He asked me if my dog was missing and I told him that he is missing but that I am pretty sure he was dead,” Holt said. “He said, ‘No he is not dead. I am looking at him.’ ”
The Holt’s adopted Deacon last year from a shelter in Statesville, N.C.
They reunited last weekend.
“It remains a mystery about how Deacon traveled to Florida and how he survived until he was found,” DeLand police Deputy Chief Randel Henderson said.
(Photo: DeLand Police Department)
Posted by jwoestendiek February 26th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
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