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.