It had been three months since one man had last seen his beloved dog. So, when he received a call to say his pet was found, he was astounded. But, his heart dropped when he discovered just where the animal was.
Antioch Animal Services is a branch of the Antioch Police Department in California. The bureau is responsible for enforcing laws that relate to animals and looking after public safety. As part of its service, it also runs an animal shelter for unwanted and homeless animals.
The department’s goal is to reduce animal suffering by showing animals compassion. It also aims to minimize euthanasia. So, staff at the shelter do their utmost to place the creatures in their care with loving families.
As part of its remit, animal services take in stray and lost dogs. So, when one dog was handed in after being found wandering the streets in May 2017, it was nothing unusual. But, as the animal’s story unraveled, staff at the center couldn’t believe it.
Just by looking at the dog, animal service wardens could tell he had been well cared for. He was wearing a decent collar with a little tag. Moreover, although he looked a little tired, his nails were in good condition and his coat was shiny and clean.
Luckily, the dog had a microchip. So, one scan of the animal back at animal services revealed his name was Bugsy. Moreover, the shelter had contact details and the name of his owner. But something didn’t seem to add up.
Both the phone number and address attached to Bugsy were out of state. Staff at animal services were unsure if the details were up to date. However, they decided to try the number anyway.
“We crossed our fingers as we dialed the first out of state phone number,” read a post on the Antioch Animal Services Facebook page. “It rang about ten times and then an older gentleman answered. We asked if his name was Myron, he said ‘Yes.’”
The team then asked if he’d lost a little black pug called Bugsy. Once again, the man answered in the affirmative. So, the caller began explaining to him how someone had found his dog and brought him into the shelter.
Upon hearing this amazing news, Myron broke down. He began crying down the phone and asked if the dog was really his beloved Bugsy. He simply couldn’t believe it. And he had good reason not to.
Myron had no doubt given up hope of ever seeing Bugsy again. The dog had already been missing for three months, since they’d moved to a new house. And, despite posting hundreds of missing posters, he hadn’t heard a thing.
Naturally, Myron was delighted to hear Bugsy had been found alive and well. He was eager to see him, so he asked for the shelter’s address. And, when he heard it, he was bowled over.
Myron had never heard of Antioch so he asked where it was. The shelter staff told him it was in the Bay Area of California. That was almost 200 miles from his home in Sun Valley, Nevada. Quite simply, Bugsy’s owner was flabbergasted.
Myron revealed he didn’t have a car, so would have to get a bus to Antioch. However, the animal services team decided to lend a hand. As a result, they recruited one of their volunteers, Vince, to drive up to Sun Valley with Bugsy in tow.
Vince was able to capture a photograph of the beautiful moment he returned Bugsy to Myron. In it, the delighted owner clings on to his dog with a big smile on his face. The moment marked a happy ending for all those involved.
Later, the photo appeared on the Antioch Animal Services Facebook page, alongside Bugsy’s amazing story. And it didn’t take long for people to notice the heartwarming post. More than 1,000 people have since liked it.
“There were tears and lots of wiggling as Bugsy was happily reunited with his Dad and fur-brother Friday afternoon,” the post read. “Another Antioch Animal Services success story!”
Bugsy and Myron’s story warmed many hearts. “God bless Antioch Animal Shelter for bringing this ‘dad’ more joy than any of us could ever describe,” one social media user commented. “Thank you for all the work you do.”
“How can you not love that story?” wrote another. “I got misty [eyed] just reading it. It restores your faith that people are good and will do what they can to help out.” Meanwhile, one more simply added, “What a huge love [Myron] has for Bugsy. I am in tears.”
As well as showing the incredible bond between man and dog, Bugsy’s tale also reveals the importance of microchips. Antioch Animal Services would never have located Myron if he hadn’t chipped his pet. But, thanks to modern technology, they never have to be apart again.