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Missing puppy found more than 1000km from home

Brenton,11, and Blake, 9, reunited with Thor.

Brenton,11, and Blake, 9, reunited with Thor.

A Canberra family have been reunited with their missing puppy after a social media campaign located the hound more than 1000km away from their Isabella Plains home.

Five-month-old Thor had been missing for more than a week before turning up at an Ipswich animal centre, owner Heath Morrison said.

“We were working in the garage at home and had the roller door up,” he said of the April 21 disappearance.

From Isabella Plains in the ACT to Ipswich in Queensland, Thor went on quite an adventure.

From Isabella Plains in the ACT to Ipswich in Queensland, Thor went on quite an adventure.

“The angle grinder scared him off, so he went out in the street where someone picked him up… They basically drove back to Queensland with him.”

Mr Morrison said they were particularly concerned about their Staffordshire bull terrier pup, which needs regular acupuncture treatment for nerve damage to his rear legs.

The family launched a social media campaign to find Thor, posting messages and photos on Facebook.

“We thought we’d do what we could to get him back,” he said.

“We posted a lost poster on Facebook, it went to 8000 people sharing it.”

The family’s hard work paid off when a friend of the person who initially took Thor noticed the post online, and got in touch with the Morrisons last week.

While it was only a small clue, Mr Morrison said the tip put the family on the path to finding their pup.

“About 30 seconds later, we were on the phone to the RSPCA,” he said.                

Numerous phone calls eventually led the family to the Ipswich Animal Management and Rehoming Centre, where Thor had been staying.

Mr Morrison said although tracking their puppy down took little more than luck, transporting him home proved far more costly.

“My free dog turned into a $1500 dog,” he said.

“But price was irrelevant.”

Mr Morrison said Thor has been at home for four days, during which time he’s received undivided attention from his sons, 11-year-old Blake and nine-year-old Brenton.

24 comments so far

  • Why would someone pick up a dog and drive it to Queensland? I'm gobsmacked.

    Commenter
    Meredith
    Date and time
    May 08, 2013, 11:33AM
    • Completely bizarre... surely if you plan on taking a stray dog to the pound you do so in a location close to where it was found?? Yes, gobsmacked.

      Commenter
      Miss Jane
      Date and time
      May 08, 2013, 3:14PM
  • Who would just pick up a dog and take it to another state only to dump it?

    Commenter
    BB
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    May 08, 2013, 11:58AM
    • Call me cynical, but I'd like to see the timeline. I'd say the pup was surrendered because of the social networking campaign. Too hot to handle.

      Commenter
      Cynthia
      Date and time
      May 08, 2013, 1:11PM
      • I'm with you there, Cynthia. It seems there is very little to like in your average man on the street these days.

        Commenter
        chelseaf
        Location
        Tumba
        Date and time
        May 08, 2013, 2:36PM
      • Wasn't Mel Gibson in this movie..?

        Commenter
        Nicolas
        Date and time
        May 08, 2013, 3:23PM
    • For $1500 I would have wished the pup all the best for its new life in Queensland.

      Commenter
      WotTha?????
      Date and time
      May 08, 2013, 1:42PM
      • How did this comment get published? You have no heart. A dog is a living (social) animal. All the best for your life - go away.

        Commenter
        Perplexed
        Location
        G.
        Date and time
        May 08, 2013, 2:48PM
      • It could still be living and social in Queensland, I didn't say put it down.

        "How did this comment get published?" It would be a bit boring with only one (your) opinion.

        Commenter
        WotTha?????
        Date and time
        May 08, 2013, 3:27PM
      • Lighten up there Perplexed it was a humourous remark and if the dog was so special he would have found a new life in sunny Queensland anyhow no damage done.

        I can't get over the feeling that there is more to this story than whats published here someone picks the dog up on the street. Its then found in an animal shelter did the social media muppets scare the thief into dropping the dog off at the shelter if so don't they have the contact details of who dropped the dog off. All sounds a bit disjointed to me.

        Now go away

        Commenter
        Jeromey
        Date and time
        May 08, 2013, 4:18PM

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