A Jack Russell Terrier mix that ended up in San Diego – more than 1,500 miles away from his home in Kansas – will be reunited with his family on Saturday.
Thirteen-month-old Rascal has spent the past month in San Diego away from his family. He ended up at an animal shelter more than 1,500 miles away from his home on New Year's Eve.
Dan DeSousa, who is with the San Diego County Department of Animal Services, told 10News someone "had found him in Kansas and drove him out here all the way to San Diego. But when their landlord wouldn't let them keep him, they turned him in to the shelter."
DeSousa said because Rascal had his tags on, they were able to contact the dog's family in Kansas, who has been looking for him since Thanksgiving weekend.
Nikki Lewis, Rascal's owner, told 10News, "After not hearing from anyone for more than a month, we thought we would never see Rascal again."
Before his flight, Rascal got his walk around the airport parking lot and then was ushered back into his crate. His next stop is Tulsa, Okla., where he will be reunited with his family.
Rascal's family includes small children, who do not know that he is coming home. All they know is that they are going to the airport to pick up a relative.
A local organization is paying for Rascal's trip home.