Mark and Cheryl Jobe were shocked and excited when they watched the news report about 100 dogs seized from an abusive animal rescue group in Kentucky. One of the canines, a Golden retriever, had the same distinctive hind leg as their dog Bo-Bo who disappeared more than a year ago.
The Jobes realized they live near the non-profit animal rescue group run by Shannon Lacewell. Animal Rescue Corps raided the property earlier this month after they received a tip that the animals were living in crowded, deplorable conditions and forced to consume the remains of dogs that had died.
Mark Jobe didn’t waste any time tracking down Animal Rescue Corps to let them know the Golden retriever might be his family’s lost pet.
“I notified him by email and gave him some identifying marks on the dog and he called me today and said I got your dog,” said Mark Jobe. It was a BB lodged in Bo-Bo’s back leg that ultimately identified him as the Jobes’ dog.
The couple drove three hours from their home in Wingo, KY to Nashville for the reunion. Along the way they tried to prepare themselves any medical issues Bo-Bo might have.
When the ARC truck pulled up and opened the door, Mark and Cheryl knew they had found their beloved pet.
“That’s him, that’s him,” said Mark.
“Come to mama,” said Cheryl as she hugged Bo-Bo.
Scotlund Haisley, president of Animal Rescue Corps reported that he hadn’t considered that some of the dogs seized from Lacewell’s property might be family pets. Most of ARC’s rescue missions involve dogs from puppy mills or hoarders.
“Today we get to bring a family back together. It’s an incredibly rewarding day,” said Haisley.
Bo-Bo had lost weight during his fifteen months away from the Jobes and has several medical issues to overcome, but he is expected to make a full recovery.
Photo Credit: AnimalRescueCorps