Miracle dog missing for seven years found safe in ‘once in a lifetime’ rescue

A dog missing for seven years has returned to its owner having been found more than 1,700 miles away.

Dog Nugget disappeared from the New Mexico, US, home of Jessie Springer in 2015.

It was thought that the little light-brown pooch was gone forever.

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Despite being microchipped, and an extensive search being carried out, it appeared that Nugget was never coming home.

“I was devastated,” she said.

“He was microchipped, and I called the shelters and checked every couple of days but nothing.”

But on Thursday (February 9), Ms Springer received a call she never thought she'd ever get.

A woman in South Carolina – around 1,700 miles away from where Nugget used to live – saw him walking around outside her home in torrential rain.

And she rescued him.

Speaking to local news, the woman known only as Jennifer said: “I saw him start to get past my house and I threw my shoes on, grabbed my phone with my flash light, and ran to get him out of the pouring rain.

“He was in bad shape, so, we went to the emergency (vets).

“I hopped in the car, and they immediately checked for a microchip and got Jesse’s number.”

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The phone call was one Ms Springer is not likely to forget any time soon.

She confirmed the dogs details – and to the shock of everyone involved, Nugget had been found after more than seven years out in the wild.

Angela Gschwind, from the Carolina Loving Hound Rescue, where Nugget's chip was scanned, said: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime rescue.

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“Honestly, this is everything we work for.

“It’s not just placing a dog into a home, but the home they belong.

“This is awesome.”

She went on to urge all pet owners to have their animals microchipped, and updated regularly in case they go missing.

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