CONCORD, N.C. -- A good Samaritan may lose the dog she's taken care of for the last six years after he ran away from home. Oclisha Miller adopted a dog named Shorty from a local shelter. Miller let the dog out to use the restroom a couple of weeks ago and he never came back. She was surprised when a neighbor mentioned seeing Shorty on the news.
"It was just amazing for the neighbor to come over and say she say Shorty on television," Miller said. "I felt like wow, whoa and excited but sorta concerned."
Shorty was given up to a shelter after his first family lost everything in Hurricane Katrina.
"My house was his big doggie house. He had control of anything and everything he wanted," Miller said.
She says the dog is 15-years-old and has become easily confused and disoriented. The dog was spotted wandering down a road near Miller's neighborhood. The news picked up the dog's story after a vet scanned his microchip and found that he was all the way from New Orleans.
Shorty's original family was contacted. They say they're now able to care for him and would like to have him back. Miller says she's willing to give him back to the family if she has to.
"He's just like a baby. He's like one of my children," she said. "He's one of my children. I just want him to be taken care of."
Shorty is set to be reunited with his New Orleans family.