A dog stolen from her home in South Florida is finally home after two long years thanks to her microchip.
Cedar the German Shepherd was taken from her family at just 4-months-old. It takes a certain kind of evil to steal a family’s new puppy, but even worse to leave it abandoned in a freezing town thousands of miles away.
On May 4, 2017, Tamara Peterson came home to find the gate to her yard open and Cedar gone. She immediately went into action by putting up flyers and even hiring a pet detective, but to no avail. The knowledge that she was just one of many people to have their pet stolen in the sleepy neighborhood of Southwest Ranches, Florida at the time was not much solace.
We’re not sure who took Cedar, but we do know that she was found in Hugo, Colorado, a town of roughly 730 people. She was located by a police officer responding to a call and almost missed her due to being covered in snow. She was cold, malnourished, week, and 2,000 miles from home.
She was taken to Dr. Leesa McCue at Eastern Colorado Veterinary Services for treatment, and after getting Cedar comfortable noticed that she’d been chipped. The RFID chip provided Dr. McCue all the information she needed about where Cedar had come from, including that she was actually a Florida native.
From there, things started to happen fast. First, Dr. McCue contacted Cedar’s hometown vet, Dr. Kimberly Balasky at the Balasky Animal Hospital. Then she contacted the Broward County Humane Society to see if they could help in getting Cedar back home.
Flying dogs around the country isn’t exactly cheap, and Cedar’s family isn’t exactly made of cross-country plane tickets. That’s where Wings of Rescue came in to help out.
Wings of Rescue specializes in getting shelter pets and rescues from one end of the country to the other. It’s a non-profit charity that charters flights for lost and rescued animals. They were able to get Cedar on a plane from Colorado to Texas, and then from Texas to Fort Lauderdale Airport where her family was waiting to pick her up.
“I immediately cried,” Peterson said. “I couldn’t believe it. I was in shock. It’s almost two years to the day.”
Cedar came home on April 20th at around 12:20 PM. It was most certainly an Easter miracle.
(Source: the Miami Herald)