Texas dog lands in Williamson County shelter - WKRN News 2

Texas dog lands in Williamson County shelter

Posted: Updated: April 1, 2013 10:26 PM
FRANKLIN, Tenn. -

Already rescued once, a Texas dog needed rescuing again after ending up in a Middle Tennessee animal shelter.

Mars, a one-year-old mix breed from San Antonio, ended up nearly 1,000 miles from its home in Franklin.

Mars was adopted to a Texas family by the Poquita Paws rescue shelter in San Antonio.

During a family trip to Tennessee last week, Mars somehow escaped from a motel room in Nashville.

"He was surrendered to our shelter and turned in by a citizen who said she had found him," said Mark Basenberg, community relations coordinator for Williamson County Animal Control. Basenberg took Mars home to care for him during the long Easter weekend.

Luckily, Mars had a microchip implanted that listed his information, but the dog's Texas family did not want to pay to have Mars brought back home, and surrendered custody.

Williamson County Animal Control then contacted Poquita Paws.

"And they said they would do whatever it takes to get him back," said Basenberg. "So since that point we've been working out the details of how to make that happen."

Thanks to a multi-state effort and $400, Mars has a flight home on Friday morning.

Basenberg said this is a great example of why it's so important to have your pet microchipped.

"That's exactly what made it so easy for us to match up Mars with his original owner. That was not likely to have happened without him being microchipped," he continued.

Poquita Paws said Mars will likely not be going back to the family that lost him.

Instead, he'll be adopted out to a new family.

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