Dog from Pennsylvania turns up at Hillsboro shelter

Good Samaritan found Gidget in Tualatin and brought her to shelter in Hillsboro

Gidget went missing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in April and somehow made her way to Oregon, Sept. 17, 2014. (Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter)
Gidget went missing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in April and somehow made her way to Oregon, Sept. 17, 2014. (Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter)

TUALATIN, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A dog that went missing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in April somehow made its way to Oregon.

A Good Samaritan found the 7-year-old Jack Russell Terrier named Gidget in Tualatin and brought the dog to the Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter in Hillsboro as a stray.

To the staff’s surprise, they soon learned that Gidget was registered to an address near Philadelphia after they scanned the dog’s microchip.

Gidget’s owners said the dog went missing on April 22, and no one knows how she ended up in Oregon.

Washington County Animal Services Manager Deborah Wood said the family was smart in that the microchip company had their current address.

Wood explained that many pet owners forget to update their information when they move.

The next step is figuring out how to get Gidget home.

“Gidget’s owner clearly loves her and has been trying for the past couple of weeks to find a way to get her home,” said Wood. “It is too expensive for the owner to fly out, and the shelter doesn’t have a transportation program. Our goal is to get this dog back to her worried family, and we’re going to have to be creative to do so.”

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