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Dog reunited with family after 1,200 mile trek

(Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
(Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)
(Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS) (Source: Giacomo Luca, KFVS)

A family in Southern Illinois has been reunited with its dog after it traveled 1,200 miles away from its home in Southern Illinois.

Ken Swisher and his wife Jodi live in rural Goreville, Ill. He said his dog an Australian Shepard, Missy, went missing in early November. He looked high and low but had now luck.

“She had been gone maybe a day and we noticed she didn’t come around like usual," Swisher said. "So then we got to going to neighbors,  calling, looking for her. We drove up and down the road, we even drove up and down the interstate thinking maybe she got hit or something we didn’t know.”

That was until he received a call from an animal shelter in New Hampshire  -- Nearly 1,200 miles away from their home. Swisher was told a man brought his dog to the shelter and said he picked her up. The shelter swiped Missy's micro-chip and was able to track her back to her owners.

Swisher made the 50 hour and 2,400 mile trip to retrieve his dog soon after he learned where she was.  He said he has no regrets and is glad to have her home safe.

“We’re just happy to get her back, happy to see her safe and it does pay to put the chips in them they do work," Swisher said. "And you never dream of it. I mean it’s a story that you couldn’t really plan out it just kind of happened.”

Veterinarian Kay Creese with St. Francis Community Animal Shelter & Education in Murphysboro, Ill. suggests all pets be chipped. They cost between $35 and $45.

“The microchip is the absolute one sure way that a lost pet be it a cat or a dog is gonna get to go home," Creese said. “The chip is about the size of a grain of rice.”

Chipping your animal puts it's name into a national database that can be traced back to you. She also suggests a dog be collared with an attached rabies tag.

“If you pick up a dog on the side of the road. You need to talk to animal control in the area where you found it," Creese said.

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