A Galveston, Texas, woman — whose dog vanished seven months ago — says she’s ecstatic after her beloved pooch turned up alive and well in a central Indiana city some 1,100 miles away. JoeAnn Navarro said she was devastated when her two pit bulls vanished last May, apparently stolen from her backyard. Navarro spent weeks checking every veterinarian office and animal shelter in the area in hopes of finding her pit bulls, Blue and Maggie. After searching for her dogs for months, the 69-year-old thought she’d never see either dog again as told to Galveston Daily News.
But on Wednesday, a Kokomo Humane Society staffer called with the news that a stranger had dropped off her now one-year-old female pit bull, Blue, in Kokomo, which is about 40 miles north of Indianapolis.
“She’s a beautiful dog,” said shelter executive director Karen Wolfe. “You don’t like every dog you meet, but I liked Blue. She’s a sweet pit bull.”
Shelter staff discovered that Blue had an implanted tracking microchip, but when Wolfe scanned the chip she found that it hadn’t been registered. Wolfe called the company that made the chip and it determined that the chip had been implanted in Galveston. The company also had Navarro’s contact information.
Navarro, whose Galveston home is 1,100 miles from Kokomo, recently lost her job and doesn’t have enough money to make the 34-hour round-trip drive from Texas to Kokomo.
“I’ve been out of work and about to start a new job,” she said. “I looked into getting a flight to bring her home, but none of the airlines I talked to would take a pit bull.” Luckily, a kind Galveston Island Humane Society volunteer agreed to make the trek and will leave for Indiana to pick up Blue and bring her back for what Navarro hopes will be a happy reunion.
“I hope she remembers me,” Navarro told The Kokomo Tribune. “It’s been so long, and she was a puppy when she left and now she’s an adult. I’m going to be so excited to see her.”
The unanswered question that still remains is how Blue ended up in Indiana. Maggie also has a microchip, but no one has reported finding her. Jackie Vore, the adoptions manager at the Kokomo Humane Society, said someone brought Blue into the shelter a few weeks ago saying the dog was a stray.
Read about another dog story in the Inquisitr that also has a happy ending for 17 puppies that were dumped along an Indiana road.
For Navarro, how her dog got to Indiana isn’t important. It’s how Blue gets home that matters now.