ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. (WXYZ) - A four-year-old Jack Russell terrier that was found in a Rochester Hills back yard is making the long trek home to Erin, Tennessee, but this time he's not walking his way back.
No one knows how Petey made the nearly 600-mile journey from Tennessee to Michigan after he disappeared in July. His identity was confirmed when he was brought to the Michigan Humane Society's Rochester Hills Center for Animal Care and he was scanned for a microchip.
"Can you believe that? I'm just amazed," said Nancy Greiser, a volunteer at the humane society. "I wish he could talk and tell us what he's been doing."
Greiser and her friend left Rochester Hills Wednesday morning for Tenneesse. They plan on returning Petey at 9:00am on Thursday to his rightful owner.
"This story put a smile on the faces of our entire adoption center team," said Marcelena Mace, shelter manager at the MHS Rochester Hills Center for Animal Care. "It's wonderful when we see microchip reunions, including those that seem like miracles. It really proves that no matter how far your pet may travel, a microchip can help him find his way home!"
Petey's owner, Jim Arrighi, posted fliers and tried to use Facebook and their local news to try to get the word out. Not long ago Arrighi's wife, Juanita, passed away at the age of 77.
"Unfortunately throughout the conversation, we found out his wife passed away two weeks ago," said Jamahl Scott, a volunteer coordinator at the humane society. "Finding Petey was actually closing a gaping hole in his heart.