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Feb192011

Missing Dog Mystery: Terrier Found 2 Days Later, 700 Miles Away

Photo Courtesy - KXTV Sacramento, Calif.(TACOMA, Wash.) -- The owner of a missing Patterdale Terrier is making a long road trip this weekend – from Rio Linda, Calif., to Tacoma, Wash. – to pick up his dog who went missing earlier this week, only to turn up two days later nearly 700 miles away.

When Brian Rapozo got word that his dog had been found, Marguerite Richmond of the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County said the man was excited, but shocked at just how far away his dog had traveled.

“We said 'Well, he's at the shelter in Tacoma,' and he's like 'Tacoma? Tacoma, where?'”

The dog, named Bear, had no identification tag; it was identified by a microchip embedded under its skin.

“He was just really shocked to find out the dog was about 700 miles away,” Richmond said. “He had just lost the dog on Tuesday, and the dog came in on Thursday.”

How the terrier made such a long trip in such a short amount of time is -- for now -- a mystery.

“There's always a possibility it was stolen,” Richmond said. “But you never know.  Sometimes these dogs jump into somebody's cab, or they stow away in a car, and then somehow lose their collar.”

The lesson, Richmond says, is for every owner to have their pets “chipped.”

“It’s really a good safety measure for owners who really care about their pets, because any dog can lose a collar. If they have a microchip…you can't remove a microchip, and that will always find you.”

Bear and its owner were scheduled to be reunited on Saturday.

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