Stolen Pit Bull Found 2,000 Miles Away Is Reunited With Family with the Help of 15 Volunteers
We treat our pets as members of the family, so it is only natural that we get really worried when they suddenly go missing. In fact, we do everything in power to get them back. We put up posters, turn to social media for help and file reports for our missing pet. But, sometimes even this is not enough.
One thing is for sure, there are still many kind-hearted people out there who will respond to our pleas for help. In quite a recent incident which happened back in October, a dog owner living in Butte, Montana, named Cassandra was robbed of her stuff and even her dog named Zeus, a pit bull mix. About a week ago, it was discovered that the person who robbed Cassandra was 2,000 miles away and Zeus was with him as well.
1. Zeus the pit bull was stolen by a family friend
Cassandra Rasmussen the owner of the stolen pit bull Zeus lived in Butte, Montana with her two daughters. According Chelsea Staley of the Kanawha Charleston Humane Association, it was a friend of the family who robbed the household, stealing Cassandra’s wallet and a many other things a well. This friend also stole their 9-yeard-old pit bull too.
2. Months passed before he was found
Cassandra and her family were devastated at the loss of their beloved doggo and the only thing they wished for Christmas was to have him back. Months went by and they still received no word on what happened to him. However, the person who stole him was found and arrested 2000 miles away in Nitro, West Virginia. The stolen items were recovered as well.
The authorities took Zeus in and brought him to the Kanawha Charleston Humane Association. The staffers there were then able to trace his microchip registration to Rasmussen.
3. Zeus was stolen way back in late October and only returned home in December
When Zeus was stolen, it was sometime in late October. After he was found, Volunteers from both the Many Paws Volunteer Transport and the Kanawha Charleston Humane Association helped in transporting him over 2,000 miles back to his home. They managed to get him back home in December just before Christmas.
4. When the doggo was found 2,000 miles away, his owner used FaceTime to confirm that it was him
Cassandra used FaceTime to identify her good boy when he was found 2,000 miles away from where they lived. Since, Zeus weighed a whopping 73 pounds (or 33 kilograms) they couldn’t fly him back home to Cassandra.
He was simply too big which is why volunteers offered to help take him back home.
5. It took 15 volunteers or 30 legs to bring him back home from 2,000 miles away
Two organizations lent their help in getting Zeus back safely to Cassandra. Zeus’ journey across the US was coordinated by the Paws Volunteer Transport, and the Kanawha Charleston Humane Association which kept posting updates about the dog’s trip. The journey was long and it took over a dozen volunteers- around “30 legs and 3 sleepovers” according to Many Paws Volunteer Transport, to get Zeus back home. Fortunately, Zeus returned home just in for Christmas.
6. Zeus travelled by car driven by a relay of volunteers for 4 days across 9 states
A relay of 15 drivers drove Zeus for 4 days across 9 states to get him back to Butte. Montana. These volunteers truly exhibited real dedication and compassion in their efforts to reunite Zeus with Cassandra.
7. Zeus was incredibly happy when reunited with his owner and her kids
Jenn Robles, one of the volunteers with Many Paws Volunteer Transport, told the media: “It’s wonderful.
This is a great experience, a great opportunity to show the people and communities across the United States offering to help, jumping on this—to help reunite this dog with its family”.
8. It was tearful and heart-warming reunion between Zeus and his family
When Zeus was finally reunited with his family, his owner was crying openly while her kids rushed out to pet the ecstatic and happy doggo. One of the girls said “Happy Zeus-y, Happy Zeus-y. I missed you”.
Zeus himself seemed very glad to have returned home to his family. In the end, it was worth the effort of the 15 kind-hearted volunteer who did their best to help out a troubled family who lost one of their precious family members.