17 months and 400 miles later, dog reunited with family

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A Kentucky couple are about to be reunited with their beloved beagle Sassy after she went missing during a move nearly a year and a half ago.

When they found out where their dog was located, they said they couldn't believe it.

"We are just elated. We're absolutely elated," said Cindy Romans, Sassy's owner.

Cindy and Ernie Romans hadn’t seen their dog Sassy for 17 months. They thought she had been hit, killed by coyotes, or even taken by a hunter.

"We'd pretty much given her up," Ernie Romans said.

In the midst of a move from 42 acres in the country to the city, the Romans had Sassy and their other dogs stay with family. Sassy was let out one night and never returned.

"Didn't know, we kept on waiting for her to come home because she always came home. Always -- except for this time," Cindy Romans said.

In 17 months, Sassy traveled three states.

From Louisville, Sassy had been picked up and taken to a shelter in Boyd County, Ky.
She was injured, possibly hit by a car, but before the shelter euthanized her, they called the Forever Home Beagle Rescue and members agreed to take her to West Virginia.

From there, Sassy healed and got a foster family in Pittsburgh.

"It's been a long 17 months for her. I'm sure to be away from her family,” said April Smith, Sassy’s foster mom.

For two months, Hope Wilson and Smith fostered Sassy. When Sassy got a cough, the vet checked her out and discovered a microchip.

"I'm thinking, 'Are you serious?' I was in total disbelief. And they said, 'Yeah, she is and her name is Sassy.' And as soon as they said Sassy, her head turned and I said are you Sassy? And her tail started wagging right away," Smith said.

With the information on the chip, the Romans were notified.

"Pittsburgh? Really? How does that happen?," Ernie Romans said.

The Romans will be in Pittsburgh Friday to be reunited with Sassy.

"Everyone has been such an angel with her and I will never, ever, ever, ever be able to thank them enough for the wonderful care they've given her," Cindy Romans said.



  • Leia

    So, the shelter was gonna euthanize her, w/out ever checking to see if she was microchipped?? How may pets are killed because the shelters are too lazy/underfunded to scan for both kinds of microchips (& yes, there are at least 2 main kinds of microchips, & the readers do NOT read the “other” kind of chip–this is something almost nobody knows about when their pet is microchipped!)?

  • myrrie

    thank goodness she got the cough. And thank goodness the rescue, rescued her! many miracles at work. Glad you made it home, Sassy!

  • Kim

    The local animal control/ shelter here in El Paso, TX, (which is a no kill city…..haha) don’t even own a working scanner!!! Our cat went missing and we immediately went there with her microchip number in hand, and they said they do not have a working scanner that we would just have to walk through all the animals daily!!! How heartbreaking is that!

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