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irerancincpkc
08-05-2009, 01:59 AM
Story. (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32216056/ns/world_news-wonderful_world/)

Dog found 9 years on, 1,200 miles away
What has Muffy been doing? ‘Nobody knows,’ Australian official says

SYDNEY - Nine years after vanishing from outside her Australian family's home, Muffy the dog was found alive and well this month in another backyard — 1,200 miles away — officials said Thursday.

Inspectors with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals were investigating a possible animal cruelty case at a home in the southern city of Melbourne two weeks ago when they found the fluffy white mutt sleeping outside on a scrap of cardboard, Victoria state RSPCA spokesman Tim Pilgrim said.

A microchip in Muffy's neck identified her owners, and, after a few days of searching for a current phone number, officials tracked down Natalie Lampard, who hadn't seen Muffy since the pooch disappeared from her backyard in the eastern city of Brisbane nine years ago.

"When the RSPCA described her, I told them her name; I knew immediately it was our Muffy," Lampard said. "It was totally out of the blue — after nine years, I thought she was long gone."

‘The mystery continues’
The owners of the Melbourne house where Muffy was discovered said they found the dog about a year ago wandering along a street, Pilgrim said. But where had Muffy spent the previous eight years? And how did she get all the way to Melbourne — about 1,200 miles from Brisbane?

"Nobody knows," Pilgrim said. "The mystery continues for old Muffy."

Muffy was suffering from a severe allergic reaction to fleas and has been under treatment since the RSPCA removed her from the Melbourne home, Pilgrim said. The dog, which the Lampards originally adopted from an RSPCA shelter near Brisbane, is recovering well and should be in good enough shape to fly back home on Tuesday, Pilgrim said.

Lampard got Muffy as a gift for her now 17-year-old daughter Chloe, and the two had been inseparable, Lampard said.

"After the RSPCA called, I rang my daughter and asked her if she was sitting down, then told her they'd found Muffy," Lampard said. "She's over the moon and there'll be a few tears shed when they see each other again. But just how she got down to Melbourne I guess is a mystery that will never be answered."

Davian93
08-05-2009, 05:16 AM
Shot in the dark...She was stolen and then later abandoned.

Gilshalos Sedai
08-05-2009, 08:28 AM
Yeah, same thing happened to our dog when I was a kid. He was a purebred sheltie. He'd been stolen and somehow escaped his captors at the local mall (two highways and thirteen miles away), so it was obvious he hadn't gotten there on his own. Fortunately, he still had his collar and someone found him and brought him back to us. Stupid dog never put so much as a paw out of the yard again, voluntarily.

With as cheap as dogs are and as prevalent as strays are, why the hell would you STEAL someone's dog?

John Snow
08-05-2009, 10:25 AM
With as cheap as dogs are and as prevalent as strays are, why the hell would you STEAL someone's dog?

You steal it, wait for the reward, then you 'find' it, return to owner for reward.

Gilshalos Sedai
08-05-2009, 10:42 AM
That makes no sense. Not everyone "rewards".

Davian93
08-05-2009, 10:53 AM
You'd be surprised Gil...dogs get stolen all the time. The person just HAS to have THAT specific dog. Because its a pure bred or its the color they want or whatever. People are weird.

Gilshalos Sedai
08-05-2009, 10:58 AM
Then they meet my dogs who don't listen to anyone but me and maybe Bryan when they're in the mood.


I don't get people.

Davian93
08-05-2009, 10:59 AM
Then they meet my dogs who don't listen to anyone but me and maybe Bryan when they're in the mood.


I don't get people.

In general...most people suck. I guarantee my Scottie would be stolen if someone had the opportunity.

Gilshalos Sedai
08-05-2009, 11:07 AM
~imagines someone trying to steal Kira or Missy and laughs hysterically~

Arya would go with anyone, however. She's not too bright.