Missing Columbus Dog Found One Year Later in Richmond, Virginia Hotel


UPDATED: Friday December 20, 2013 9:52 AM

A Columbus family is relieved after learning their dog, missing for one year, was discovered hundreds of miles away in an abandoned hotel room in Richmond, Virginia.

The Christmas tree sparkles and the gifts are stacked underneath. 

A much happier holiday scene than last year in the McGregor house.

"It was the day we were leaving for my in-laws for the holidays and we were just beside ourselves," said Jone Mason McGregor.

The family's four year old fur ball, Penny, just vanished.

"It's like a beloved member of our family gone," said McGregor.  "We were like the sad family that showed up at the pound every day for like months."

The family let Penny out in the backyard.  They think she somehow slipped under the fence and got away.

"Think about the logistics of an eight pound dog and all the things that could happen to her, but in my heart of hearts I just felt she was still somewhere around," said McGregor.

McGregor's feeling was right.  But that somewhere was nowhere near.  Little Penny turned up in a hotel room in Richmond, Virginia, abandoned.

"It's 479 miles," said McGregor.  "I burst into tears. I couldn't believe it,"

McGregor has no idea where Penny's been or who's had her. The family's just happy she's about to come home.

"It's really an amazing Christmas gift to our family," said McGregor.

McGregor's husband plans to drive to Virginia Sunday to pick Penny up. 

The couple hopes to learn more about where she has been this whole time.

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