Georgia canine that vanished 6 years in the past discovered wandering about 450 miles away in one other state: ‘That is insane’


A canine that went lacking in Georgia in 2017 will probably be reunited along with his proprietor after being discovered wandering round a lake in West Virginia lots of of miles away.

Tara Hillis, who lives close to Atlanta, advised WSAZ-TV her 1-year-old pit bull Chief by some means escaped from her property in 2017, and he or she had given up hope of discovering him because the years went on. 

“I actually thought I’d by no means see him once more,” Hillis acknowledged. “Initially, I assumed perhaps somebody took him to attempt to breed him, however he’s fastened. So a few years go by, you simply actually miss him.”

Six years later, Chief was discovered by passersby wandering round East Lynn Lake in Wayne County, West Virginia, roughly a 450-mile drive from Atlanta.

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A pit bull named Chief that went lacking six years in the past in Georgia was present in West Virginia. (East Lynn Lake, US Military Corps of Engineers)

Chief was first discovered by rangers with the U.S. Military Corps of Engineers earlier than he escaped and was discovered by one other unknown particular person who took him to a shelter. 

“Certainly one of our rangers at East Lynn Lake, West Virginia, picked up this canine that was working free on the lake property,” a spokesperson for the Huntington District U.S. Military Corps of Engineers advised Alokito Mymensingh 24 Digital Friday. 

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U.S. Military Corps of Engineers constructing close to East Lynn Lake, W. Va. (Google Earth)

“The rangers saved it on the mission workplace for a few week whereas they tried to search out its proprietor. Sadly, it escaped from them. The rangers had been contacted by WSAZ and knowledgeable that the canine had been picked up by somebody locally and delivered to the animal shelter in Cabell County. The animal shelter scanned it for a microchip and located that it belonged to somebody in Georgia.”

Chief was delivered to the Huntington Cabell Wayne Animal Management Shelter and linked to Hillis because of a microchip she had put in him.

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West Virginia welcome sign

A welcome signal on the entrance to the state of West Virginia. (Joe Sohm/Visions of America/Common Photos Group by way of Getty Photos)

“I can’t consider this,” Hillis stated. “That is insane. Each time I’d speak about it that day, I’d get chill bumps.”

Rachel Boone, a Ok-9 habits specialist on the shelter, stated Chief is doing nicely.

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“If I take into consideration my canine lacking that lengthy, it makes me need to cry,” Boone stated. “I already need to cry for her.”

The shelter stated it is determining the easiest way to reunite Chief with Hillis within the Atlanta space. Their reunion could occur this week.

Peter Johnson