Amazing volunteers relay stolen dog across the country to get him home
A stolen pooch found 2,000 miles away from its owner made it all the way back home thanks to the amazing efforts of a group of dog-loving volunteers!
Published on the 01/01/2020, 11:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:34
Zeus the Pitbull went missing during a break-in of a family home in Montana, USA.
It's unclear if the thief had targeted the dog as several other valuable items were also taken.
Zeus's owner, Cassandra, was devasted by the dog-napping. After all, this was the one thing she could never replace.
But a few weeks later, Cassandra got the news she'd been praying for! Zeus was alive and well. But there was one little problem - Zeus was in West Virginia, over 2,000 miles away from the family home!
Cassandra couldn't make the 29-hour drive, and Zeus is far too big to travel by plane.
So in stepped a group of 15 volunteers who offered to relay Zeus across the county by car!
The Paws Volunteer Transport group coordinated the cross country journey, while volunteers from Kanawha Charleston Humane Association put out a call for the doggy chauffeurs!
The trip took a total of 30 legs, including three sleepovers, but the team got Zeus home just in time for Xmas!
Jenn Robles was one of the amazing people who gave up her own time to reunite Zeus with his family. She said:
"It's wonderful. This is a great experience, a great opportunity to show the people and communities across the United States offering to help, jumping on this—to help reunite this dog with its family."
Zeus makes it home for Xmas
Police later arrested the dognapper, who turned out to be a close friend of Cassandra's! She'd used a spare set of keys to enter the home and simply walked off with Zeus. She'll now stand trial in the next coming months.
In the meantime, Zeus is back where he belongs - and that's all that really matters!
Stolen dog reunited with Butte family
REUNITED: A stolen dog who was taken nearly 2,000 miles away to Charleston, West Virginia, returned home tonight to its family in Butte, Montana. ZEUS'S JOURNEY: https://kutv.com/news/nation-world/stolen-dog-journeying-2000-miles-home-for-the-holidaysPosted by KUTV 2News on Monday, December 16, 2019