Pit bull lost in Baltimore traced back to El Paso through microchip

EL PASO, Texas -- A far east El Paso family has been reunited with its long-lost pit bull after an animal rescue in Baltimore traced the dog back to the family through its microchip.

Jenea Morales said her dog, Stinger, disappeared in mid-December when he jumped the fence at their home.

"We tried looking for him, but we couldn't get to him anymore," Morales said.

Morales said she had almost given up hope when she got a call from an animal rescue organization in Baltimore.

"They said, 'We found him, but we're in Baltimore' and I was like, 'Wow,'" Morales said.

Pitties & Purrs Rescue Inc. in Baltimore rescued the dog after it was found by animal control in an abandoned building three weeks ago.

Stinger had bite marks on his neck, and the animal rescuers said it appeared Stinger may have been attacked by another dog. The pit bull needed immediate surgery.

No one knows how the pit bull made it up to Baltimore.

The animal rescuers traced the dog back to the Morales family through his microchip.

"We thought she might have been in the Maryland area, when he was stolen," said Mary Sullivan with the animal rescue. "I mean who would think that someone would take a dog from El Paso and get him all the way up here?"

Morales was able to Stinger via Skype not long after she found out he had been found.

"Of course I started crying and I got emotional, calling everyone I could," Morales said.

Morales said her family didn't have the money to go to Baltimore and pick up Stinger.

But the animal rescuers in Maryland worked with a transport service to drive the dog back to El Paso.

Sullivan said five people from all over the country volunteered to bring Stinger home.

Stinger's journey home started in Saturday and ended Thursday evening in Las Cruces when Morales and her family met up with their wayward pet.

"On our way to our house, he was barking and barking," Morales said. "He was telling us everything had he gone through. It was funny. The microchip does work. Even if it's far away on the other side of the world, it works."

Sullivan said the animal rescuers stress the importance of getting pets fitted with a microchip. She said had Stinger not had a microchip, it is likely he never would have made it home.

Sullivan added that her animal rescue has taken dogs home to their owners in the past, but the trip from Baltimore to El Paso was the longest trip they have ever made.

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