Yreka teen turns dog detective, reunites pet with owner 100 miles away

Laralai Dodd with Max, the dog she rescued in Yreka on Feb. 2, 2022, and returned to his Anderson owner.

A Yreka teen with a appreciate of animals productively reunited an owner with her missing dog, who she discovered wandering on the avenue extra than 100 miles away from home.

How Max, a tan-and-black shepherd combine, finished up in Yreka in Siskiyou County far from his house in Anderson in Shasta County is a thriller.

The joyous reunion likely wouldn’t have been attainable if Max, an psychological-aid doggy, hadn’t been carrying a microchip.

“Chip your animals!” 17-yr-outdated Laralai Dodd claimed earlier this thirty day period on the Siskiyou County Grapevine Facebook site. “The good news is infant Max was chipped and I was ready to get ahold of the initial owner, Shirley.”

Dodd reported she was offering food with a pal the afternoon of Feb. 2 when she saw Max perhaps jump from a truck and run throughout fast paced South Primary Road from Lawrence Lane in south Yreka.

Laralai Dodd took this picture of Max after she found him running across Main Street in Yreka on Feb. 2, 2022. Using Max's chip information, Dodd reunited Max with his owner, Shirley, in Anderson two days later.

“I watched him cross the avenue and I was like, “Uh-oh, I have received to go seize him,” Dodd explained.

She pulled into a motel exactly where the pleasant puppy stopped and parked the car.

“He just ran right up to the automobile and he just hopped suitable in,” Dodd claimed. 

Dodd, a Doorway Dash driver who also functions at Papa Murphy’s, said she turned off the foods-shipping app and drove in the place to see if anyone was on the lookout for their misplaced pooch. She also walked him about and posted about the pet on Fb.

“Surely nobody in town recognized him,” she mentioned. “When I was driving all over for a tiny little bit, I was hoping to determine out what to do with him. He was not himself — he was crying.”

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