Traveling Dog Gets Help to Go Back Home

Dog returns home for the holidays


Irmo, SC (WLTX)- A network of people are helping a stray dog from Texas get back home for the holidays.

Brannon Rutherford has been taking care of Ace, a three year old farm dog, for a couple days now after her friend found him on the side of the road. She made it her mission to get him back home.

She took him to check for a microchip and found his owner in Granger, Texas. "He's an older gentleman struggling with Parkinson so he gave us his sons phone number and we contacted him, he was like how in the world is he in South Carolina we've been looking for him for a little over a week" said Rutherford.

The last sighting of Ace was in an interstate by a trucker resting area. "Ace must have gotten away from the trucker and here we are" said Rutherford.

The owner's son tells News19 Ace is quite adventurous. He follows his owner everywhere especially when he walks out to feed his cattle. He called Ace, Leroy Filla's best friend. 

His son asked Leroy if he wanted him to get Ace back and the 80 year old farmer who lives alone simply said, "I don't want you to go through the trouble, but I sure do miss him".

Kelly Warr is a South Carolina native who saw Brannon's post on Facebook asking if anyone was willing to help get Ace back. 

"The older generation doesn't want people to go through a ton of trouble for them and they're not going to come out and say it but little gestures like "but I sure do miss him"…this would mean the world to this man if he got his dog back, and he didn't have to ask. We're bringing him back… Ace is coming home" said Warr.

Warr is driving over 13 hours to get "Travelin' Ace" (nickname) back home on Saturday. 

"I'm just the person that's driving him there was somebody that found him on the side of the road, there was the vet that got him all the shots and made sure that he was current then theres Brannon who was like we have to get him home, someone who's been housing this dog, who has been finding places that can foster this dog, until we could make this happen" said Warr. "This was not just a one person effort this is a lot of people that believed in getting this man his companion back". 


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