Lost dog from Indiana found, reunited with family at Tallahassee shelter

Published: Dec. 5, 2017 at 1:57 PM EST
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By: Erika Fernandez | WCTV Eyewitness News

December 5, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Campos family in Hammond, Indiana posted a video on Facebook, pleading for someone to find their dog, Sky, after she went missing almost two months ago. Their wish came true almost 1,000 miles away in north Florida.

At first glance, the two-year-old American pit bull mix seems like a happy pup.

"Well she's an escape artist, for one. She's very adventurous," says Sky’s owner, Dionicio Campos.

The Campos family said she got out through a hole in the fence. They have searched for Sky every day since she went missing.

"This one just looks at the gate and goes, 'Remember Sky would meet us at the gate or the front door when we walked in?' And then she sat on the couch and cried," said Janelle Melendez about her daughter, Sophia.

A truck driver picked up Sky in Indiana. He made his way to Florida and took her to a shelter so they could find her a home.

"The moment I saw Sky and looked in her eyes, I knew there had to be somebody somewhere that was missing this girl," said Melissa Sharp, the Lost and Found Coordinator at Tallahassee Animal Services.

Sharp immediately searched Facebook for lost dog groups in Indiana. She said she wasn't going to stop until she found the family.

"I haven’t been able to eat or sleep since Friday night since it all went down. I was actually in the middle of eating dinner when I got the text message and I immediately stopped because my heart was racing. I wanted this so bad for Sky and her family," Sharp said.

On Tuesday morning, the family became whole again.

"It’s an empty feeling and now it's filled with my baby girl back," Dionicio said.

With Christmas just a few weeks away, the family said Santa Claus came early this year.

"I finally get to have my dog back and nothing could replace her. She means a lot to me. She means family, I can’t explain. It's a Christmas miracle," Isabel Campos said.

The staff at Tallahassee Animal Services said Sky was not micro-chipped and she didn’t have a collar. They believe this rescue story is one for the books.