QUINCY, Wash., Jan. 3 (UPI) -- A dog that went missing from a family in Washington was found over 2,000 miles across the country before reuniting with owners Friday.
Penny, a 7-month-old female Vizsla, went missing just over two weeks ago in Quincy, Wash. In that time, the Brown family, who owned Penny, set up a Facebook page titled "Bring Penny Home for Christmas" in order to spread word about the missing canine.
On Friday Penny was reunited with the Browns after a veterinarian in Pittsburgh, Pa. -- 2,400 miles away -- discovered the dog's identification chip. According to the family, Penny and been taken there after being picked up by a passing truck driver.
"(The truck driver) said he thought she was a stray and he was going to drop her off at the nearest police station or animal hospital, but he said he couldn't find one," Kendra Brown told KOMO, noting that phone contact had at some point been established with the man.
After driving Penny through California and Nebraska, the man allegedly told Brown he put the dog on a truck back to Washington state but didn't have any details about the vehicle. He then drove the dog to Pittsburgh and eventually took her to a vet.
"We're not sure why he did tell us that lie," Brown told KOMO. "Maybe he wanted to keep her, and then eventually he would give her up."
Alaska Airlines reportedly offered Penny a free trip after hearing about her discovery. All told, according to KOMO, the canine journeyed 6,000 miles across varying parts of the country.