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Nov 23, 2015 2:47 PM

Pup Pilgrimage: One dog made a 1,200-mile journey to NH

BEDFORD - Missy, a 2-year-old Australian Shepherd is home after a 1,200 mile journey.

Ken Swisher is from a small town in southern Illinois and three weeks ago his dog vanished.

"We called all the kennels, rescue places, veterinarians, we called everybody around. We honestly didn't know what happened to her," said Swisher.

There had been no sign of Missy, until Swisher got a very important phone call last week.

On the other line was someone asking if Swisher had lost a dog and when he said yes, the woman replied that the pup had been found safe - more than 1,200 miles away in New Hampshire.

"A gentleman came to the shelter with a stray dog. He said he picked (the dog) up on the highway," said Maureen Prendergast, director of outreach and investigations for the Animal Rescue League of N.H.

When the shelter scanned Missy for a microchip and got a hit in Illinois.

Swisher and his wife were shocked and wasted no time. The couple drove more than 19 hours and almost 1,200 miles to reunite with Missy in Bedford.

The Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire reached out to the Illinois Police but Kenny said he is just happy he has his dog back.

"I'm glad he did bring her to a rescue. we knew we had the chip in her and that way we could get her back. Otherwise we would have never known, what happened to her," Swisher said.

Missy was saved because she had a microchip implanted in her.

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