Watch: New York woman’s lost dog returns 5 years later, 1,000 miles from home
January 18 (UPI) — A New York woman whose dog went missing five years ago found the dog when the animal showed up at a shelter 1,000 miles away in Tennessee.
Jen Costa has said her former English bulldogge, Azzurra, disappeared five years ago shortly after undergoing surgery to have tongue cancer removed.
“My dad was watching her while I was in the hospital, but when I got back there, her and my other dog Bruno, they were there with me,” Costa said. says WBBJ-TV. “About a month or two after my operation, she disappeared.”
Costa said Azzurra’s disappearance contributed to a deep depression.
“It made things a lot harder for me. I was really depressed. I just stopped caring. I didn’t care what happened to me, you know. I wasn’t as positive just after the operation. It took me a while to get here mentally, but it was just a tough time,” Costa said.
Costa said she was shocked when she was recently contacted by Henderson City Animal Rescue in Tennessee and told that Azzurra had been found 1,000 miles from her home. The shelter obtained Costa’s contact details using the dog’s microchip.
“I was sitting in my barber chair getting my hair cut, saw an email and started crying. He had to stop and hand me a tissue. He had to wait to cut my hair,” Costa said.
Animal shelter officials said they were also surprised by Azzurra’s story.
“It was like, holy cow! How the hell did that dog get over 1,000 miles away?” Shelter spokesperson Jan Morris told WNBC-TV. “You just want her to be able to talk and tell you what happened.”
Costa traveled from New York to Henderson and reunited with Azzurra on Friday.
“She’s going to get everything she wants. She’s No. 1 right now, and she knows it. She’ll find out soon,” Costa said.