Updated Mar 4, 2013 - 10:25 am
Home at last: Phoenix Police reunite lost dog, family
PHOENIX -- A Pekingese dog that ran away from home in Mesa during a monsoon almost two years ago has been found in central Phoenix.
Buddy literally ran into the back of a Phoenix patrol cruiser last Friday around 15th Avenue and Camelback Road. Officer Don Martin wrapped the dog up in a blanket and rushed it to a veterinarian. Martin even picked up the tab along with Officer Mim Cohane, who also gave the owner a goodie basket for Buddy.
Buddy has been reunited with his owner, Jessica Rowe. A single mom of four, Rowe can't believe her dog is alive after all this time roaming the Valley.
"I don't have a lot of money, if it had come down to having to pay the vet bill, I couldn't have gotten Buddy back," she said.
As happy as she is to see Buddy home, her 5-year-old daughter was even more delighted.
Buddy had a microchip that helps track lost animals but it was outdated. Police used good old-fashioned investigative work to track down the owner, who now lives in the West Valley.
Jim Cross, Reporter