KC Woman Drives 600 Miles to Return Lost Dog

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MERRIAM, Kan. -- Twelve hundred miles from home -- a one-year-old Lab/Pit mix dog found in Merriam, Kansas will be returning home.

The one-year-old Lab/Pit mix dog whose family lives in Butte, Mont., was found thanks to a microchip embedded in the dog. And a volunteer has offered to drive Grizz the dog home.

The Heartland Society for the Prevention and Cruelty to Animals Lost Pet and Intake Center accepted Grizz on Wednesday, Jan 25.

Using standard procedures, the center scanned Grizz for microchip identification and discovered contact information on his owners.

Apparently, someone in Butte, Mont., thought Grizz was a stray and picked him up during a road trip from Seattle to Texas, dropping him off in Kansas at the Heartland SPCA. When the Heartland SPCA contacted the owner, the owner was stunned that Grizz was still alive and well.

"He was very excited but he was also in disbelief that his dog was found all the way over here in Kansas," said Wendy Blair with the SPCA.

The story gets even better.

Kathy Thies, a longtime Heartland SPCA volunteer, volunteered to drive Grizz half-way home, which amounts to a 600 mile trip to Cheyenne, Wyo.

"Really it all comes down to what goes around, comes around," Thies said. "I hope there's good karma!"

The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and Joe Hinkle with the SPCA says it's the only reason Grizz is coming home.

"If not for the microchip, we would've never been able to find the owner," Hinkle said. "The microchip was the only way that we were able to get Grizz home."

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