A dog that went missing from its family home in Virginia in 2003 was found in Spenceville Wildlife area of Yuba County and will be returning home for the holidays. Yuba County sheriff’s officials said Meg Eden of Oregon was working with her own dogs in the Spenceville Wildlife area on Wednesday when she found what looked like a stray American Staffordshire terrier. Eden took the dog in for the night and then drove it to the Yuba County Animal Care Services Shelter. Employees at the animal shelter scanned for a microchip and one was located. The information on the chip led to the Chancellor Veterinarian Clinic in Virginia. The Virginia clinic confirmed that the chip was registered to an American Staffordshire terrier.
Deputies said the owner of the dog was identified as Kristen Pruitt of Virginia. Pruitt contacted the Yuba County Animal Care Services Shelter and said her dog, Petunia, went missing from the family farm around Thanksgiving of 2003. The shelter sent a photo of the dog to Pruitt, who said she was positive the dog was Petunia. Yuba County Lt. Damon Gill has taken an interest in wandering dog and wonders where she has been the past 8 years.
“The other thing that I’m waiting for is, over the 8 years, how many homes has this dog had and how many people will see that dog on the television. That makes me wonder, have people picked him up and he’s been taken here and there and who reaches out and says that they’ve had part of that dog over the years.”
Gill added that Pruitt has an 8-year-old who has never even seen the dog. The shelter is now working with Pruitt to make sure Petunia is home for the holidays.