Homeless TX Dog Found in FL to be Reunited With Army Veteran Owner After Six Years
(Lake Panasoffkee, FL 01/08/2016)
In 2009, Luther, a loveable Labrador mix, was one of three cherished dogs temporarily placed in trusted care by owner Jason Mosley as he was assigned for work in Afghanistan for six years as a military contractor following his two Army deployments. While overseas, Mosley tried to stay in regular contact with their caregivers but later learned the dogs’ welfare and locations became increasingly unclear. Tragically, it was later believed that two of the dogs, Luther and Joker, were likely sold for a quick dollar.
By 2010, thanks to the benefit of having all three dogs micro-chipped, followed by many phone calls and research, Mosley was able to reunite with Cheeto, his Husky mix, who was living in Tennessee. While he never gave up hope of seeing his two other cherished dogs, Mosley never imagined that his good fortune could occur once again until he received a phone call from an Animal Services Officer in Sumter County, Florida claiming they found a stray neglected dog that belonged to him after scanning it for a microchip.
“If it wasn’t for Officer Stratton’s thoroughness to scan and reach the emergency contact on Luther’s chip, I may never have known what became of him.” He was found suffering from a severe case of non-contagious demodectic mange and some open sores but fortunately was not starving or injured. Luther was then taken in for his care and recovery by the neighboring Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County which began arrangements for his joyful reunion with his owner Jason in Texas in late January.
“All the effort and kindness shown to my dog and me by total strangers so far away have moved me tremendously. They are the true heroes, to go to such lengths of dedication to help a homeless pet” commented Mosley as he began to get emotional in a recent phone conversation with the Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County. “My dogs are the world to me. This has already been a miracle just reuniting with one of my three missing dogs after so many years, but to again be blessed knowing I am soon going to have Luther back, is truly God’s hand at work. I can only pray harder that my remaining lost dog, Joker, now a seven year old brown and white Pitbull mix, may also be found somewhere.”
Kennel Manager of the Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County, Carol Legrand and her team have been diligently caring for Luther. She noted “Luther has become ‘Loveable Luther’ to our staff and volunteers as he has never lost his joy and good nature. He has been steadily healing while receiving much attention and TLC. During his recovery time, arrangements have been in the works organizing a multi-state transport effort to safely deliver Luther in his 1600+ mile journey from Florida through Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana to his awaiting owner in Texas. This will be in the hands of a trusted organization, Canine Crossing Rescue and Transport, which coordinates with volunteer pilots and drivers in connecting many legs of the journey similarly to the way the Pony Express operated.”
HS/SPCA’s Carol Legrand added “Luther’s reunion with Jason Mosley should take place on January 31st if all the stars align in their favor. And so far, things are looking good. The search continues for his remaining missing dog Joker and we have included photos of him in hopes his story can go viral. So if anyone has any leads on his whereabouts, please know you can help reunite a family after six long years of heartbreaking separation.”
The Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer-based organization striving to help all animals in need throughout Sumter County, Florida. Donations directly cover the cost of rescuing and caring for homeless, neglected, abused and abandoned animals. Contact info: 352-793-9117, hsspca.org, 994 CR 529A/PO Box 67, Lake Panasoffkee, FL, 33538.
Canine Crossing Rescue & Transport is a volunteer-based transport coordination service for rescued dogs from reputable rescues and a one-dog-at-a-time rescue. They can be reached at CanineCrossing@cox.net for more information.