A German shepherd snatched from her family two years ago got a happy homecoming this weekend after she turned up nearly 2,000 miles away

By Rachel DeSantis
April 23, 2019 05:18 PM
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Credit: Cherie Wachter/Humane Society of Broward County.

A German shepherd snatched from her family two years ago got a happy homecoming this weekend after she turned up nearly 2,000 miles away.

Cedar was just 4 months old when she was allegedly stolen from the Peterson family in May 2017.

Cedar
| Credit: Wings of Rescue

Her dognapper seemingly opened the front gates of the Peterson’s Southwest Ranches, Florida, home, taking Cedar but leaving behind the family’s three other pups.

Though the Petersons searched long and hard for their beloved pooch, she’d disappeared without a trace — until this month, when she was found thousands of miles away in Hugo, Colorado.

Cedar was discovered injured and shivering in a snowy ditch by a county marshal, according to the Miami Herald.

Credit: Wings of Rescue

“The dog was actually snow covered, so I passed it twice — didn’t even see it,” Deputy Marshal Steve Ryan said, according to the Herald. “She actually wouldn’t get up, so I had to pick her up and put her in my car. She was wet [and] appeared to be malnourished.”

The dog was taken to a local veterinary hospital, where a scan of her microchip linked her back to the Peterson family.

“It’s almost like the day I found out I was pregnant after five years. Surprise!” Tamara Peterson told NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt of learning her missing dog had been found. “It was that big of a moment.”

Peterson told the Herald she immediately broke down in tears upon learning she’d be reunited with Cedar.

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“I couldn’t believe it. I was in shock,” she said. “It’s almost two years to the day.”

Cedar was flown back to her rightful owners in Florida on Saturday thanks to Wings of Rescue, an animal charity that flies pets out of overcrowded shelters.

How she ended up so far from home — and who took her to begin with — remains a mystery. “I definitely wish she could tell us what happened,” son Chase Peterson told NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt.

But for now, the focus is on the positive. “Reunited and it feels so good!!!” Wings of Rescue wrote on Facebook Saturday, along with a photo of Cedar posing with her family. “Cedar has landed!”