Missing Dog Has 'Tale That Hollywood Would Love to Tell'

'Stray' in Michigan was Mehrad Houman's Mishka, who vanished in California in July
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 5, 2024 11:30 AM CDT
California Dog Missing Since July Found 2.3K Miles Away
Mehrad Houman holds his dog, Mishka, after she was examined by veterinarian Nancy Pillsbury in Harper Woods, Michigan.   (Corinne Martin via AP)

A dog missing in California since the summer turned up more than 2,300 miles away in suburban Detroit. Police in Harper Woods, Michigan, responded to a call about a stray dog last week, picked up the terrier mix, and contacted an animal welfare group. The Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society said it quickly discovered that the dog, Mishka, had an identity chip implanted in her with information about her owner, per the AP. Mehrad Houman and his family live in San Diego but were planning to travel to Minnesota when the call came in. He landed there, then drove 10 hours to Michigan for a reunion with Mishka, the adoption group said on a Facebook post with pictures and video.

"This is a tale that Hollywood would love to tell," the group said. Harper Woods police confirmed their involvement on Thursday. Mishka had disappeared in July from Houman's workplace. "We think it was stolen and then it was sold and ended up in Michigan," said Corinne Martin, director of the animal welfare group. Veterinarian Nancy Pillsbury examined 3-year-old Mishka, gave her a rabies shot, and cleared her to travel home to California. "She was clean, well-fed. Whoever had her took good care of her," Pillsbury says. "How she got here—that's a story only Mishka knows."

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