The past month has been a rollercoaster of adventure for an 18-month-old Chihuahua-beagle mix named Tedge. The pup has seen the best and worst of humanity over the weeks, an ordeal that started when he was stolen on Jan. 30.
Tedge belongs to Theron Miller, a 54-year-old truck driver from Montana. The pup is accustomed to traveling across the country with Miller, and on Jan. 30, the pair stopped in Everett, Massachusetts, for a delivery.
While Miller unloaded his truck, he let Tedge out to run around and get a little exercise nearby. But when Miller called for his dog a few minutes later, Tedge never returned.
Miller scoured the area for his dog, but Tedge had vanished. It took some time, but eventually, an online search for Everett animal control gave Miller the horrific answer to what had happened to his furry traveling buddy.
Everett police believe someone driving a black SUV stole Tedge from the delivery center and hours later, dumped him onto a busy Massachusetts highway.
The badly injured dog was rescued by two good Samaritans, who immediately sought medical treatment on the frightened pup’s behalf.
“It was terrible,” Miller said, describing the pain he felt after learning how Tedge suffered. One of Tedge’s hind legs was so severely injured, veterinarians chose to amputate it.
Tedge may have been abused, but he showed remarkable resilience after being showered with love and compassion by complete strangers, who took care of him until Miller could make his way back to Everett.
The good Samaritans who found a bloodied Tedge on the highway started a GoFundMe campaign to raise medical funds on behalf of the pup, looking out for his welfare every step of the way.
Melissa Guevin, who runs a doggy daycare called The Dogmother LLC, took care of Tedge for weeks while he recovered from his injuries. “He’s been great,” Guevin said. “He’s super happy.”
On Feb. 26, a relieved Miller stood alongside Everett animal control personnel as he was reunited with Tedge. He planted a kiss on top of his puppy’s head, emotional to hold Tedge in his arms again.
Everett police announced they are still investigating Tedge’s kidnapping and subsequent abuse. But thanks to a team of strangers, a sweet pup has his life back.
“[Tedge] is happy to be home and looking forward to getting back on the road with Theron,” Everett police wrote on Facebook. “Safe travels to you both and glad this one had a happy ending.”
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