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CAS reunites lost dog with owner with help from TV, radio and social media

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Boyd and Phoenix (CAS/Kay Hyman) Boyd and Phoenix (CAS/Kay Hyman)
Gracie/Phoenix on the set of Good Morning Charleston (CAS/Kay Hyman) Gracie/Phoenix on the set of Good Morning Charleston (CAS/Kay Hyman)
By Sandra Ecklund
secklund@abcnews4.com

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WCIV) -- A pup named Phoenix went missing on Christmas night. Now, four months later, she's home with her owner thanks to the Charleston Animal Society and social media.

Tristan Boyd, Phoenix's owner, said the 5-year-old dog was out for a potty break when she was scared off by the sound of fireworks going off next door.

Her owners were desperate to find her.

"I've had her since she was six weeks old," Boyd said. "We've been through thick and thin all the way down to sharing ramen noodles together."

Boyd said he put up fliers in neighborhoods surrounding his Moncks Corner home. So many, in fact, that he says he got in trouble with the Department of Transportation for posting them on so many stop signs.

"After two months and our several ice storms, I'd lost hope and given up," he said in a post on Facebook.

Four months later, Kay Hyman with the Charleston Animal Society, brought in a pup named Gracie for Good Morning Charleston's Pet of the Day segment.

Gracie had been found in Ravenel, sick with heartworm and in really bad shape. CAS took her in and nursed her back to health so she could be adopted.

Gracie's appearance, on both ABC News 4 and a radio segment on WSC 94.3, spread on social media. Her Pet of the Day video was posted to Facebook and Twitter.

Boyd said that's when he got several notifications on Facebook from friends who recognized Gracie as his missing Phoenix.
 
Phoenix had been found.

She traveled almost 40 miles away from home but was finally reunited with her loving owner. It's the kind of reunion that almost never happens.

"The state average for reuniting people with their pets is two percent," said Kay Hyman. "In Charleston, our no-kill community, it's eight percent and that's because we microchip every animal that leaves."

Phoenix is no exception. She was given her very own microchip by the Charleston Animal Society before they released her.

"Had it not been for the Charleston Animal Society," Boyd said, "she would have probably died and not back home with us."

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