You can see the joy in Marlene Bolivar’s face as she waits for an airplane that will bring her dog back home.
A pilot with a group called “Wings of Rescue” volunteered to fly Lucky from Sacramento to Southern California Sunday afternoon, into the arms of one very grateful dog owner.
“Oh you’re back home,” Bolivar said.
We first brought you Lucky’s story last week, when we met him at the Sacramento City Animal Shelter. It was a tale of a mysterious journey from Los Angeles to Sacramento.
“He’s not talking. I’ve asked him repeatedly how he got here, and he’s not talking,” said Gina Knepp, a manager of the shelter.
What Knepp does know is that Lucky was seen wandering without a collar last Monday near 65th Street and 21st Avenue. Somebody flagged down an animal control officer, who then took the dog to the city shelter. Staff scanned him for a microchip, and sure enough his owner’s information was all there.
“And she happens to live in Los Angeles and hasn’t seen her dog since August,” Knepp said.
Marlene was understandably ecstatic on the other end of that phone call.
“She’d done all the right things. Had a collar, tag, chip, vaccinations. And then she posted fliers, put a reward up. Not a lot of money. Got a phone call from someone who evidentially had her dog and felt like it wasn’t enough of a reward and she never heard from them again,” Knepp said.
How Lucky ended up in Sacramento we may never know.
“His feet look ok, so he must have hitched a ride with somebody.”