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Dog returned to family after multi-state run

DELAND, Fla. (WKOW) -- A German shepherd that escaped its family in Virginia and somehow made it to Florida was reunited with its owners.

An animal control officer in Florida called Pamela Holt of Stuart, Virginia about the missing dog named Deacon.  At first, Holt thought it was a "mean trick," until she realized the man really had found her missing dog a hundred miles away from home.

The dog went missing in December, and Hold and her husband thought the dog had died.

A convenience store clerk found Deacon and another dog in traffic last week in Deland, Florida, according to a police report.  The dogs were taken to a kennel after the clerk called authorities.

The Holts implanted Deacon with a microchip, which helped track him down.  The couple had to drive over 600 miles to pick up their dog.

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