A Washington D.C. family will be reunited with its lost dog this week after a Chicago Police officer found the pug tied to a pole in Rogers Park Monday afternoon.
The officer discovered the 8-year-old dog named Prince Charming in the 7300 block of North Clark Street, where he had been tied up for five hours.
The officer took Prince Charming to Felines and Canines, a pet adoption center.
"He was pretty overweight ... it looked like he hadn't missed very many meals, but he looked pretty sad," adoption counselor Paula Grabow said.
The adoption center found a tracking chip on the pug and determined the dog's owners now lived in Washington D.C., and had lost him 2-1/2 years ago.
But the owner's mother still lived in the area happened to be heading to D.C. on Wednesday, setting up two happy reunions.
"He obviously missed his family, because when his grandma showed up, she just lit up," Grabow said.
Needless to say, Prince Charming's family will be keeping a little closer eye on him from now on.
"Apparently he's quite the escape artist because he's done this before," Grabow said. At one point he was gone for six months. He's a curious little guy, he likes to dart out and do his own thing."
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