California Dog Missing For Seven Months Found More Than 2,000 Miles Away

By iHeartRadio

April 9, 2024

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A California family is celebrating a joyful reunion with their missing dog, Mishka, who was recently found over 2,000 miles away in Michigan. According to KTLA, the terrier mix had been missing for over seven months before her unexpected discovery.

Mishka went missing from her owner's auto shop in San Diego in July 2023. The family, Mehrad Houman, his wife Elizabeth, and their daughter, were on vacation in Minneapolis when they received the distressing news. Despite Mishka being microchipped and having a collar with the family's phone number, they were unable to locate her.

"We never gave up hope," said Elizabeth. She added that she put up over a thousand flyers in the months following Mishka's disappearance. "It was one of the most horrifying things knowing someone took her with identification and disregarded us and our family. It was really hard," she said.

The family were on their way to Minnesota last Thursday when they received a call that Mishka had been found. Mehrad drove 10 hours to Michigan to retrieve their beloved pet from the Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society. The police in Harper Woods, Michigan, had responded to a call about a stray dog and contacted the animal welfare group. The society quickly discovered Mishka's identity chip.

"We think it was stolen and then it was sold and ended up in Michigan," said Corinne Martin, director of Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society.

Veterinarian Nancy Pillsbury examined Mishka, gave her a rabies shot, and cleared her to travel back home to California. The family noted that Mishka seems to have separation anxiety and related PTSD, weighs much less than before, and is very tired.

"We're never going to let her go again," Elizabeth said. The family thanked the Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society for providing a collar, leash, carrier, a vet visit, and even papers for Mishka to fly home. They plan to contact the police in San Diego to investigate who took Mishka and how she ended up in Michigan.

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