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He’s come a long way, and from the sounds of it this little guy is one step closer to home.
An owner has been identified for this well-traveled but nameless canine. The German Shepherd's story is puzzling, but fascinating: he was found by California Highway Patrol officers on June 16, limping around the Gilman Drive Park-N-Ride lot off Interstate 5. After being taken in by San Diego County Animal Control, officials discovered the dog was microchipped.
This small, but important piece of technology helped Animal Control learn an interesting fact about the pooch— the pup had the chip implanted in Latina, Italy.
Thanks to private party consisting of an Italian-speaking mother and daughter, today officials were able to contact the Veterinarian Clinic who implanted the microchip. The owner is being identified as Edmond Stevens, a sailor based out of the U.S.S Mount Whitney. Animal Control is currently contacting Stevens in hopes of reuniting him with his dog.
Other than the name of his owner and his birth date (January 21, 2009), not much is known about this wayward pup.
The dog is currently on medication but Animal Control notes the German Shepherd is doing well.
“He’s a little gimpy… we don’t know if he got hurt. We want to figure out how he ended on the side of the freeway, that’s why we need to track down the owner and how it came to San Diego,” Lt. Dan DeSousa said.