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Owner Recognizes Dog After Hearing It Bark Over The Phone

9:55 PM, Jan 16, 2013   |    comments
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COMMERCE, GA-- Shane Wilson's prayers were answered when he received a telephone call Tuesday morning.

The caller told him she and a friend found his dog Lucy. "I don't know what to say other than I'm a lucky man," Wilson said.

Six days ago, Lucy jumped out of the back of Wilson's pickup truck at Banks Crossing in Commerce. He has been driving 30 miles from his home in Stephens County to Commerce to look for Lucy every day since.

Lucy was found by two strangers. She was wandering along I-85 when Becky Davis and Tiffany Scoggins spotted him.

The friends were getting breakfast at the Cracker Barrel in Commerce when they saw Lucy. They walked down the exit ramp to get to her.

"We pulled out the treats and she just let me put the leash around her neck," Davis said.

Davis and Scoggins had no idea who Lucy was even though Wilson had posted flyers all over Commerce. They took her to a local vet who recognized the dog.

"They immediately recognized her and they were like, 'she's the dog'," Davis said.

Lucy is a service dog who helps Wilson, who lost a leg in a motorcycle crash five years ago. When Scoggins called him to say that she found Lucy, he was leery because he has had so many false hopes over the past six days.

Wilson told Scoggins to hold a dog treat up and say "Lucy, speak." She did and Lucy barked. "I heard her bark and I said I'm on the way and I kind of hung up on her," Wilson said.

"He was so happy, he was hysterical," Davis said. "He immediately knew and said 'stay right there, I'm coming'."

Wilson offered a $500 reward to anyone who found Lucy. Davis and Scoggins would have none of it. "It was worth everything," Scoggins said. "That was worth a million dollars, it made our day," Davis said.

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