Arizona husky missing for 9 months found in Oregon

Arizona husky missing for 9 months found in Oregon

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A Siberian Husky rests in the pit during a sled dog sprint at the European championship in central Slovakia's resort of Donovaly on February 12, 2010. AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on December 22, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 26 at 7:09 PM

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) -- A Siberian husky missing from his Phoenix owners since April is heading home from East Oregon.

Nine-year-old Kane disappeared from Leanne Saunders' home one night. Saunders assumes he was stolen.

The East Oregonian reports a Pendleton woman saw the husky wearing a leash on Dec. 10 and called police. The dog was put in the pound for a week, then turned over to a local animal-welfare group.

Saunders had put up signs around Phoenix, but every lead turned into a dead end.

A member of the Pendleton Humane Society tracked down Saunders using the dog's identity chip, made more difficult because Saunders had moved and changed her name since the chip was installed.

When she saw a picture of Kane, she knew he was hers.

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