Missing LA Dog Turns Up in Florida—3 Years Later

Microchip, pet detective reunite Bayou with owner

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 5, 2013 9:23 AM CDT | Updated Jul 5, 2013 10:37 AM CDT

(Newser) – Three years ago, a Los Angeles man lost his pit bull; he thinks an ex-roommate took the dog after she was informed she had to move out. Now, Bayou the dog has reemerged—all the way across the country. What happened in the meantime remains a mystery, but Bayou and Eric Hough are about to reunite, the Los Angeles Times reports. Believed to be a stray, the dog was given to a Brevard County, Florida, shelter last month; fortunately, he'd been implanted with a microchip.

The chip gave his owner's name as Eric Hough, but the attached phone numbers didn't work, says a shelter staffer. Given the vast distance between dog and owner, the shelter struggled to send the dog home. That's when a "pet detective" entered the picture. "I love these impossible cases, so I spent a lot of time, a lot of emails, a lot of phone calls, trying to track down this person," says Ryan Gamache. Indeed, he tried to get in touch with every Eric Hough in California, he says. Finally, he found the right one on Facebook, and Bayou began a days-long trip home June 27. He's due to arrive on Sunday. "I can't lose him again," says Hough.

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