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Missing dog found 600 miles from home

Courtesy: DeLand Police Dept. Courtesy: DeLand Police Dept.

DELAND, FL (WKOW) -- A Virginia couple is reunited with their missing German shepherd, which somehow made his way to Florida.

Pamela Holt of Stuart, Virginia, says she thought a recent phone call from an animal control officer in Florida was a "mean trick." Then, she realized the man really had found her missing pet, Deacon, hundreds of miles from home.

The dog hadn't been seen since December. Holt and her husband assumed Deacon died.

According to police reports, a convenience store clerk saw Deacon and another dog running in traffic last week in DeLand, Florida. The clerk called authorities and the dogs were taken to a kennel.

Deacon had an implanted microchip, which helped track down the Holts.

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