Beloved family dog missing for 6 weeks after collision reunited with his family

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Buzz, a six-year-old black Labrador retriever mix who had been missing for six-weeks, was reunited with his loving family on Monday at the Orangeburg County Animal Control.

Since Buzz can’t tell us what happened after his owners, Kelli and Mark Smith were involved in a collision on April 14, Buzz was either ejected from the vehicle or jumped out. Kelli had been seriously injured and was taken to the hospital, and Mark who only had minor injuries, stayed at the scene and searched for Buzz. Their dog was missing, and no one knew where he had fled.

The Smiths posted photos of Buzz on social media hoping someone would spot their dog. Mark continued to search for him every day on his way to the hospital to visit his wife. Time passed, no Buzz, but his family never gave up.

And then came the miracle from the Orangeburg County Animal Control. A representative from the dog’s microchip company contacted Smith and told him his dog had been found.

“And do we have the very best news EVER! 🎉🎈🎉 🎈🎉🎈🎉🎈🎉🎈🎉🎈
This boy was involved in a car accident in North, South Carolina about six weeks ago and his parents have been searching frantically for him since. Today, a Good Samaritan called to say there was a skinny dog on his dock that could hardly walk. Animal Control picked up the dog and thanks to his microchip, we knew exactly who he was! Buzz’s parents rushed to the shelter and there wasn’t a dry eye around.
We are so happy for Buzz and his family.”
Need we have to explain the joyous reunion when Buzz spotted his family?
Buzz lost 50 pounds, was covered in ticks and fleas, suffered from an eye infection and swollen paws and had not been given the required medication for his thyroid condition in over a month, but taking into consideration the dog had likely been on his own for the extended amount of time, his veterinarian stated the dog did fairly well.
Live long and well Buzz and we are hoping for a full recovery for Kelli.
Please microchip your pet…JUST IN CASE.
(Photos via Facebook)

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1 reply
  1. tamara beinlich says:

    Wow, Buzz looks pretty good for having lost 50 pounds. Getting lost may have saved his life from dying of obesity.


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