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Missing Florida pit bull found in Michigan

DETROIT – Blue and Tyson, two dogs that have been missing and were on separate journeys, are now headed home.

Blue, who is from Florida and mysteriously made her way 1,500 miles north, was found in the Midland area, more than 120 miles north of Detroit.

Tyson, who has been wandering northern Michigan since July, is going home near Gaylord after dozens of strangers helped catch him by using social media to track his travels and set a trap for him.

Blue, the pit bull mix puppy who will be a year old on March 27, is set to be driven home to Lehigh Acres, Florida, near Fort Myers. She is leaving early Friday morning with an animal lover who frequents the Sunshine State and volunteered to help with the homecoming.

“I have no clue how she ended up here, as far as, like, in Michigan,” said Beth Wellman, the director of the Humane Society of Midland County in Midland. “She was found as a stray, brought in here on Monday, and the person who brought her in said she found her on late Sunday.”

Wellman said the puppy, who weighs about 35 pounds, was found in the road.

“She was super sweet,” Wellman said. “Typical puppy stuff: mouthy, excited, friendly, and loves everybody.”

Blue, who appeared to have been well cared for, had a microchip implant, which led the shelter to its owner in Florida. The owner said the dog was orphaned and rescued and had been missing for about a week, Wellman said.

Blue’s kennel or fence was broken, and the owner suspected that she had been abducted. But how did the dog make her way to Michigan? The owner said she had no idea. 

The owner always lived in Florida and had never been to Michigan, Wellman said. Moreover, it was unlikely that Blue came to Michigan by plane, and it was obvious that the dog did not walk that far in a week.

“Did a Good Samaritan find her, not know what to do with her, drive her up here and then she got away? I have no idea,” Wellman added. “Was it more nefarious? Who knows?”

Meanwhile, Tyson was found on Thursday after about eight months of searching by people in rural Michigan who were sharing tips, taking photos of him on the run and lending support to the owners. 

A Facebook page, Tyson Travels, detailed the dog’s adventure and the arduous search. Posts included pleas for help, maps of where the dog was spotted and even a video of one of the family’s searches for him. 

In addition, CBS affiliate WWTV/WWUP-TV in Cadillac helped by reporting on the missing dog.

By Thursday, the page had more than 1,500 likes and follows.

Tyson broke free from his leash on July 10 and ran away from the family that had taken him in, according to Facebook posts. He made his way all over the northern part of Michigan until he was finally caught in Rogers City, about 70 miles from home.

“We have enlisted the help of friends and the services of a bloodhound (yes, really),” one of the early posts said. “We have followed your leads. We have communicated continuously with the shelter. And we are heartbroken. 💔”

In Rogers City, a trap was set to catch Tyson.

One of the latest posts on the page includes three black and white photos of Tyson safely in an outdoor trap with the caption: “At last…….. ” along with paw print and heart emojis. 


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