Missing dog in Mississippi returns home after two years

Missing Dog from Mississippi Returns Home After 2 Years
Missing Dog from Mississippi Returns Home After 2 Years

BRANDON, Miss. (WAPT) - A dog that went missing two years ago has been reunited with its owner with the help of a Good Samaritan.

In 2013, Jessica Helton posted a flier on her Facebook page looking for her Chinese crested dog, Jaxson, who she believes slipped out of the back door of her Gates, Tennessee, home after a bath.

Nearly two years later and more than 300 miles away, Brandon resident Rhonda Chapman arranged to buy a dog that was advertised on Facebook.

"A lady posted about a Chinese crested and I asked her about it and said that I am interested," Chapman said. "I couldn't go to her house. She had me meet her behind (a church), which was pitch black."

Chapman said that at that point, the woman decided to just give her the dog. Chinese crested dogs can sell for anywhere between $1,500 and $2,500.

"So she goes from selling the dog to giving it away for free?" 16 WAPT's Tammy Estwick asked.

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"Yes, 100 percent free," Chapman said.

"Didn't you think there was a little something odd there?" Estwick asked.

"I did," Chapman said.

After a day or two, Chapman decided that the dog had too many medical issues, so a friend posted an ad on Facebook offering the dog to a good home. That's when she got a message from Helton, who thought the dog might be her missing dog, Jaxson. She found out for sure on Saturday when the two women met.

"She put her hands over her face and said, 'Jaxson,' and when she did, that little dog ran to her," Chapman said. "She got on her knees and the dog wrapped his paws around her neck."

Helton believes that the dog was stolen two years ago. She's said she's glad to have the dog back. As for whoever took the dog, Helton said she believes in karma.

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