'No Place Like Home' For Wayward Puppy Found in San Diego

By Lauren Steussy
|  Friday, Jan 4, 2013  |  Updated 1:01 PM PDT
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Rascal, a young Jack Russel terrier mix from Kansas is homeward bound after somehow wandering more than 1,500 miles to San Diego.

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A young Jack Russell terrier mix from Kansas is homeward bound after somehow wandering more than 1,500 miles to San Diego. 

A San Diego woman brought the 13-month-old pup into the county's Department of Animal Services on New Year's Eve, according to a statement from the county.

A name tag on the puppy revealed his name was Rascal and his zip code was 620 -- Oswego, Kansas.

Animal control employees called Rascal's owners and arranged to have him flown back home. 

No one knows for sure how Rascal made it to San Diego, but he's certainly not the first to end up here. After seven years of being missing, a cat named Sophia was reunited with her family in Arizona. 

A microchip was planted in Sophia, so the San Diego Humane Society was able to contact her family. The organization paid to fly Sophia home to her family last month.

Rascal's family will pick Rascal up on Saturday in Tulsa.

“I haven’t told the kids this time. I’m not saying a word until we see him. I’m not breaking their hearts again,” said Nikki Lewis, Rascal's mom, in a statement. “I’m just telling them we’re picking up someone at the airport. The kids are going to be so excited.”

Lewis added that Rascal may now be an indoor dog. 

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