Lucky Dog! Virginia Pup Found 600 Miles From Home

Family hadn’t seen their dog since December.

By Adrienne Welsch
|  Thursday, Feb 25, 2010  |  Updated 8:46 AM EDT
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Pamela Holt thought her 18-month-old German shepherd “Deacon” was gone for good.  That’s why she was so surprised when she got a call from someone claiming that Deacon had been found.

Holt, of Stuart, Va., said she thought DeLand Animal Control Officer Gary Thomas was playing a “mean trick” when he called to say he found her dog.  The dog had been missing since December.  The Holts thought Deacon had died.

"I said 'What a mean trick,' " Holt told the Daytona Beach News Journal.  "My husband and I had grieved and had moved on. We had decided we were not going to get any more dogs."

According to police reports, a convenience store clerk saw Deacon and another dog running in traffic on Feb. 18 in Daytona Beach, Fla.  The clerk called authorities and the dogs were taken to a kennel.

Deacon had a microchip implanted, which helped Thomas track down the Holts.  The couple drove 10 hours from Virginia to Florida to pick Deacon up and bring him home.

It's still a mystery how Deacon got to Florida.  It seems the Holts may never know.

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