published Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Wayward pooch, owner reunited after 3 months apart

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. — Petey the wayward Jack Russell terrier is home.

After three months and hundreds of miles, the dog was reunited Thursday with owner Jim Arrighi in Erin, Tenn.

Arrighi’s daughter, Tyanne (TEE-ann) Morrison, said Petey arrived in the care of a Michigan Humane Society volunteer who set out Wednesday from suburban Detroit.

Morrison said her 73-year-old father “actually just cried” when he got the dog back.

Arrighi left Petey in his backyard in July and the dog was gone when he returned home.

A homeowner in Rochester Hills, about 20 miles north of Detroit, saw Petey last week in his backyard and took him to a Humane Society animal care center.

Arrighi was identified as the owner when the dog was scanned for an implanted microchip.

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