Dog missing from Denver in 2011, found near Chicago, set to go back home

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CHICAGO -- Talk about a homecoming.

A dog found in the Chicago area will soon be returned to its owners in Denver -- and get this: the pup went missing in 2011.

Just a few weeks ago, Lilly the 9-year-old dog was picked up by Elgin police roaming the streets. WGN was told she was in bad shape, but once volunteers got a hold of her, she began doing much better.

She is now getting ready to head home.

The dog has seen four states and about 1,000 miles in the past three and half years.  She somehow made it from the mile high city to near the windy city likely with a little help, but only Lilly knows for sure how she got here.

Lilly disappeared from her owner's home in Denver -- but they aren’t sure if she was stolen from their back yard or ran away to escape the loud boom of Fourth of July fireworks.

Lilly had been brought to a different shelter in Schaumburg by Elgin police a couple of weeks ago. She had a severe ear infection and her fur was matted.

Volunteers at the Almost Home Foundation picked Lilly up and nursed her back to health. Over the next few days her owner in Denver got a message that a kennel near Chicago had his dog.

Lilly had had a micro chip injected years ago with her owner’s contact information on it.

WGN caught up with Lilly’s owner in Denver Kelly Booker on the phone today.

“I think this is an amazing story. I never thought anything like this would happen. I thought she was gone forever,” Booker said.

Plans are being made to get Lilly back to Denver -- but with shots, a shelter stay and a plane ride, the total could run booker more than 500 bucks. He’s working on raising the money.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for the costs.

It wont be long now before Lilly heads back a thousand miles, through four states to finally get home.

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  • Rose Star

    The dog shouldn’t have been left in the yard when fireworks were going off. I hope the original family is reponsible and will be good to her. You never know for sure. If he doesn’t have 500.00 how can he pay for vet bills and dog food and so forth?

  • Donna Walker

    I would DRIVE that distance to pick my dog up….it would be less expensive, plus a personal reunion would be pricless. It wouldn’t cost that much money in gas.

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