Alberta dog reunites with owner in Manitoba

Shauna Doyle was reunited with her dog Rocky in Manitoba six months after he went missing in Alberta. Winnipeg Humane Society / Facebook

WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Humane Society routinely takes in dogs and reunites them with their owners — but not usually over a 1,300 kilometre distance.

A German shepherd mix from Alberta was found wandering around Stonewall, Manitoba, before he was brought to the Winnipeg shelter on April 19.

Laina Hughes, communications co-ordinator for the Winnipeg Humane Society, said someone found Rocky and thought he was a stray.

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He was in good health when he came to the humane society, she said. He didn’t have a tattoo, so they checked to see if he had a microchip.

Rocky’s microchip had his owner Shauna Doyle’s contact information on it. It turns out Rocky was from Irricana, Alta., and had been missing since October 2014.

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Doyle was thrilled to find out her dog was found, said Hughes.

Though it seems like quite the journey, it’s unclear how Rocky made the trip from Alberta to Manitoba.

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“I’m assuming he got a ride,” said Hughes. “He wasn’t emaciated, so it looks like someone had fed him.”

His owner decided to make the 16-hour journey to Manitoba to bring him home.

Hughes said it’s important to update your contact information if your pet has a microchip. If you move or your pet goes to a new owner, the Humane Society can help you update that info.

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