A missing dog mystery: Who does Lucky belong to?

DUBLIN, Ohio (WCMH) — A dog is now recovering at a local animal hospital after he was found outside, while veterinarians try to find his owner.

Caroline Myles came down from Centerburg, Ohio, to take a look at him on Friday.

Her dog, Piggly, a 13-year-old Labrador Retriever, has been missing since a few days after Christmas in 2014.

“It’s been an everyday struggle,” Myles said. “Every time in the car, I’m looking.”

The dog found Thursday night, whom employees at Rascal Animal Hospital are calling Lucky, is emaciated and in rough shape.

A post online resulted in several suggestions that Lucky might actually be Piggly. It’s not the first time Myles has come close to finding her dog.

“From the West Coast to the East Coast, people are thinking maybe they have seen him,” Myles said.

Lucky dozed in his cage Friday before Myles entered the room.

“Had this dog had a microchip, as soon as it was found, it would have been scanned and been able to be reunited by the owner,” Dr. Michelle Gonzalez, a veterinarian, said.

Myles came in and began to pet and speak to Lucky.

“Are you Piggly?” Myles asked the dog. “Could you be my Piggly?”

After a few minutes, she wasn’t totally sure. Like Lucky, Piggly was nearly deaf and had arthritis. But Lucky is neutered.

“What I would guess is that somebody found him, neutered him and then he got lost again,” Gonzalez said.

After the emotional meeting, Myles said she would wait for a few days and see if anyone else came forward to claim the dog.

Anyone who might know the dog’s identity is asked to call Rascal Animal Hospital.

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