(FOX19) - A Texas family's dog was found Saturday tied to a bench in Hamilton, Ohio cold and abandoned nearly 1,000 miles from home.
It all started when Corbin, a chiweenie, went missing from his backyard on March 25. Corbin's owners, Mike and Sharlette Saiz, say that Corbin was able to dig under their backyard fence in Killeen, Texas.
Three days later, Corbin showed up in Hamilton. How he got there is still a mystery.
The Butler County Animal Friends Humane Society found Corbin tied to a bench in the rain outside of their facility. Video surveillance shows a woman holding Corbin at the front doors of the shelter late in the evening on March 28.
"Even though a humane society or animal shelter provides care for animals, they have operating hours that patrons need to acknowledge," said Kurt Merbs, a supervisor with the Butler County Sheriff's Office.
Thanks to a microchip, the shelter was able to track the dog back to owners. If a pet is lost and taken to a shelter or a veterinarian's office, they are able to scan the chip and contact the company that implanted it.
In Corbin's case, the Animal Friends Humane Society scanned the chip, contacted the company and was directed to the Saiz family.
The Saiz family was then faced with a dilemma. How could the family reconnect with Corbin?
Mike Saiz turned to social media for help, asking friends and family to share their story. Saiz even reached out to a local news station in Killeen. At this point, Saiz says the suggestions came in from all over.
"Somehow or another, the story got out to a woman by the name of Mary Davis," Saiz said. "She put a comment out there asking me to get in touch with her and that she was in Ohio. Bless her heart. She was there in Ohio for a funeral."
Davis lives in Texas. She was in Springfield, Ohio for her mother's funeral. Davis explained that if Corbin could make his way to Springfield, the Davis family could drive Corbin back to Texas on their way home.
Mike Saiz once again turned to the public, asking for assistance getting Corbin from Hamilton to Springfield.
The Saiz family says that a co-worker had a family friend living in Springfield. This friend volunteered to drive from Springfield to Hamilton to pick up Corbin.
Corbin is currently in the care of the Davis family, embarking on a three-day cross-country journey back to Texas.
The sheriff's office is still searching for the woman who tied Corbin to the bench.
Anyone with information is asked to please contact Merbs with the Butler County Sheriff's Office, Dog Warden Division at 513-785-6542.