Rescued Dog Lost During Transport Is Found Again

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An animal shelter in Ohio was expecting a 68-pound Dobberman pinscher dog called Monty, but the canine got loose and then lost while in transport in Kentucky. Fortunately, the dog was later found by a Kentucky State Police Vehicle Enforcement officer and the dog was able to reach his final destination.

Monty had been recently rescued from living as a stray in North Carolina. He was picked up by animal control and taken to a high-kill shelter, but fortunately for him, the Doberman Assistance Network pulled him from the shelter and planned to send Monty to Ohio for a new lease on life.

KSP Vehicle Enforcement Officer Randy Rader, volunteer transporter Jeanine Mattison and her husband, John, along Monty
KSP Vehicle Enforcement Officer Randy Rader, volunteer transporter Jeanine Mattison and her husband, John, along Monty


Jeanine Mattison was transporting Monty from North Carolina to Kentucky, and while she stopped at a London, Kentucky, weighing station to give the dog a potty break, the canine slipped his collar and got away.

“As a dog transporter, it was the worst day of my life,” Mattison told The Times Tribune. “[Monty] was on his own long enough that he also likes his freedom.”

It was noon on August 25, 2013, when Monty got away. Mattison stayed in the area searching, posting fliers, talking to locals, and looking for signs of Monty, but the dog was nowhere to be found. When it got dark Mattison had to stop the search and resume it the following morning.

“I knocked on doors. I flagged down pizza delivery people, approached people mowing their yards. I just knew I had to find him,” Mattison said.

Two days later Mattison received the call she had been waiting for. Monty had been found.

KSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer Randy Rader was near the London weighing station on Tuesday, August 27, when he noticed a dog in a nearby field. Rader had seen the plastered “Lost Dog” fliers and immediately recognized the stray dog.

The officer fed Monty and kept him close until Mattison arrived to recapture the dog and continue their trip to the Ohio shelter.

For Mattison, being able to safely transport every single dog entrusted to her care is very important. Having lost Monty was a devastating mistake that could happen to the most experienced transporter. She is just happy that Monty was found and his transport saga has a happy ending.

Mattison is grateful that Officer Rader found and kept Monty safe. She was also touched by the compassion and genuinely concern locals showed while Mattison searched for the elusive dog.

After a very long trip from North Carolina to Ohio, with an extended stay in Kentucky, Monty is now safe in Ohio, waiting to find his forever home.


1 thought on “Rescued Dog Lost During Transport Is Found Again”

  1. After an owner insisted that I take her dog to the back on her collar and leash over 45 years ago (don’t put that slip think on him and choke him) naturally the dog whipped around out of his collar and dashed out the door as another client was coming in -we never take a dog back on anything but a slip leash and if we have any idea it might be a problem we use two- one around the middle and one around the neck- gives you an extra instant to grab if needed- one lady insisted that I was trying to choke her cat because we always put a leash on a cat when we take it back even though we are holding it in our arms- lady supposed you opened that door and met a dog coming out on the other side and the cat freaked and got away-would you rather he ran out in the traffic or that I could real him back in- the leash on the cat is not even tightened up or used unless the cats is so bad we have to let go of it for a minute and gather it back up- does she thing we would stay in business if every time we went through the door we threw the cat on the ground and drug it to the back- that’s what she accused me of duh, how stupid can you get-some people can be so dumb. I an glad this lady found the dog and I know she was so upset it got away but your best can let you down sometimes- dogs can always figure out a way if they are determined enough-than you for being a rescue transporter-you are doing great work


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