Dog lost since 2007 found over 1,000 miles away in distant city

/ 06:58 PM October 13, 2019
dog, fox terrier

Katheryn Strang reunited with her toy fox terrier Dutchess at Humane Animal Rescue on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. Image: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/Steve Mellon via AP)

A toy fox terrier that disappeared from its family’s home in Florida, United States in 2007 was found this week over 1,000 miles away in Pittsburgh and reunited with its owner last Friday, Oct. 11.

The 14-year-old dog named Dutchess was found hungry, shivering and in serious need of a nail trim under a shed on Monday, Oct. 7, according to Humane Animal Rescue.


The property owner took the dog to a Humane Animal Rescue location, where staffers were able to locate a microchip and trace the dog back to its owners in Boca Raton, Florida.

The dog’s owner, Katheryn Strang, drove all the way to Pittsburgh for an emotional reunion with Dutchess.


Reunited! WATCH LIVE: After being lost for 12 years, Dutchess is finally meeting her owner again!

Posted by Humane Animal Rescue on Friday, October 11, 2019

Boca Raton, Florida, is about 1,130 miles (around 18,100 kilometers) from Pittsburgh.

Strang said she could not believe it when she got the call that her dog had been found after all these years.

She said her son opened the door after school one day and Dutchess got out and they never saw her again. They were living in Orlando at the time, near a very busy street and she assumed the dog was either hit or scooped up by someone.


She checked shelters daily in the weeks after Dutchess went missing, and continued to pay the annual fee on the microchip, as well as update her contact information whenever she moved.

“They are like your babies. You don’t give up hope,” she said at a news conference after reuniting with Dutchess.

As she kissed and hugged her long-lost pet, she murmured to the dog: “Where have you been?” RGA/JB


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