For two long years, Debbie Petranck looked for her lost dog, Zeus. She seemingly searched in every possible shelter or rescue organization in central Florida, but there was no sign of her stout little terrier. But last week, Petranck got a phone call from a shelter, one that said that Zeus had been found… in Dearborn, Michigan.
“She was ecstatic when we called,” Elaine Greene, the executive director of Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter, told FOX 2. “She was shocked and she was really in disbelief.”
Of course she was! Her dog had been gone for more than 24 months, and he’d reappeared more than 1,000 miles from her Ocala home. When Zeus initially disappeared, he wandered to a fast food restaurant in Florida, where he was picked up by a local man. That unidentified man later moved to Michigan and Zeus again ran away. He was then delivered to the Dearborn shelter, where they scanned him for a microchip and found Petranck’s contact information.
When the shelter called Petranck, she pretty much hung up the phone and got in her car, driving all night to get to her dog. She was stopped for speeding twice during the trip, but only one officer gave her a ticket; the other was apparently swayed by Zeus’ story — and by the story on the front page of the Ocala paper.
Greene credits Zeus’ microchip for this happy — if long overdue — reunion. Petranck doesn’t seem to care how Zeus was found, she’s just glad to be taking him home.
“I prayed that the right people would get involved,” she told FOX. “And they obviously did. I have my dog back.”