Missing Texas Dog Found in California

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Thor, a 16-month-old pit bull went missing from his home in San Marcos, Texas, in May of this year after his owners were forced to evacuate their property due to flooding, leaving their pet behind. Last month, the happy and friendly dog was found 2,148 miles away in California.

When the flooding occurred in May, Thor’s owners had no other choice than to leave their property with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Forced to leave, the dog owners also had to leave Thor and his two other fur siblings behind. A few days later they returned home and found their three pets missing and significant property damage related to the flood.

Photo credit: NBC News
Photo credit: NBC News

Thor’s fur siblings were found and returned home not long after the flood, but the pit bull was nowhere to be found.

Five months after the dog was lost, Del Norte County Animal Shelter in Crescent City, Calif., rescued Thor after good Samaritans brought him into the shelter. Witnesses say they saw the dog jump off the back of a pick up truck that later drove away without the dog.

At the shelter, the pet was scanned for a microchip and lucky enough, the young dog had a registered chip. Thor’s owners were contacted and were excited to learn their dog was safe and sound.

No one knows for sure how Thor made the long trip from Texas to California, but rescuers believe he had some human help.

Thor is waiting to be reunited with his family. The pet owners were hit by another flood and at the moment cannot afford to pay Thor’s transport estimated to be $1,500. The good news is that Del Norte County Animal Shelter has agreed to look after Thor until he can be reunited with his family and so far the organization has received various offers from animal lovers to help Thor get back to his Texas home.

A multi-state volunteer transport is in the works and Thor will soon be home.

53 thoughts on “Missing Texas Dog Found in California”

  1. I’m sorry, but either the story is missing some info, or the family who left the dogs are simply assholes!!!!!!! How can you leave live animals in a flooded house to defend themselves???? There is no way I would have done that! These people just despicable and disgusting! They didn’t go back to the house for 3 whole days? No, no, no, there is no excuse for their behavior, I don’t care there was a flood or not. You don’t leave your family members behind…………If I were the authorities, I would not give the dog back to them……….


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