Dog stolen 6 years ago and almost put down is driven 2,500 miles back to his owners

Tuesday, 05 December 2017, 06:03:46 AM. Deuce, a dog who was stolen six years ago from a yard in North Carolina, is scheduled to be reunited with his owner in Olympia on Monday, Dec. 4.

Kim Hopkins’ dog Deuce was stolen from her yard six years ago when she was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

In September, she got a call that Deuce, who is micro-chipped, had been found.

The only problem: He was more than 2,500 miles away, and couldn’t fly commercial airlines.

Thanks to social media, a group of 17 volunteers are driving Deuce across country. He’s scheduled to arrive at Hopkins’ home in Olympia, Washington, on Monday, Dec. 4, KOMO News reported.

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“These folks are going out of their way to help my family out, and there’s no way I could ever repay that,” Hopkins, who is now stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, told the Seattle news station. “And it’s great to see there are some really great people out there.”

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is posting photos of Deuce and his journey on Facebook. At about 8 a.m. Monday, it posted a photo from the second-to-last leg of his journey in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Deuce was at the animal rescue center for about two months due to a respiratory infection and some other health issues.

Before that, Deuce was at a shelter in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and was scheduled to be put down a few days later if not claimed.

The GoFundMe page “Bring Deuce Home” coordinated volunteer drivers, and is raising money for gas, food and accommodations for Deuce’s trip. As of Monday, it had raised more than $400.

Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433, @Lisa_Pemberton

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