YUBA COUNTY, CA - No one will probably ever know how a lost terrier got from her home in Virginia 2,700 miles away to Yuba County sometime in the last eight years. But the important thing is "Petunia" is going to be reunited with her Virginia owner.
The American Staffordshire terrier was found by an Oregon woman working with her dogs in the Spenceville Wildlife Area Wednesday, said Lt. Damon Gil with the Yuba County Sheriff's Department. The terrier appeared to be a stray so the woman, Meg Eden, took the dog with her that evening and brought her to the Yuba County Animal Care Services Shelter Thursday.
Gil said shelter staff checked the terrier for a microchip, which she had. The microchip information indicated the chip was implanted by the Chancellor Veterinarian Clinic in Virginia. Staff called the clinic which confirmed the chip was registered to an American Staffordshire terrier.
The Chancellor clinic contacted the terrier's owner who had the microchip implanted in the dog. The owner, Kristen Pruitt, of Virginia, confirmed her dog Petunia had gone missing for their family farm around Thanksgiving in 2003 and despite an extensive search, never found her, Gil said.
Yuba County shelter staff sent a photo of the dog in their possession to Pruitt who said she was sure the terrier was her long-lost Petunia.
Arrangements are being made to get Petunia back to Virginia.