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September 18, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Pooch found in Portland gets ticket home to Philadelphia

Gidget, a Jack Russell terrier, had been missing since April. (Washington County, Ore., Animal Services)

Gidget, a Jack Russell terrier, had been missing since April. (Washington County, Ore., Animal Services)

PORTLAND  (AP) — Gidget is going back to Pennsylvania.

A Jack Russell terrier that somehow ended up in Oregon more than four months after she went missing from her home near Philadelphia will soon be flown back to the Keystone State.

A microchip implanted in Gidget allowed workers at an animal shelter south of Portland to find the dog’s owner. PetLink, the company that manufactured the microchip, will pay for her return flight, said Deborah Wood, manager of Animal Services for Oregon’s Washington County.

“We have no idea how she came from Pennsylvania to Oregon, but we are thrilled that she will be going home safe and sound,” Wood said.

Gidget’s odyssey attracted national attention Wednesday, spurring many people to offer money for the flight — from a woman in Vancouver, Wash., to a former East Coast governor who told the AP he wanted to remain anonymous.

Wood said a man also came to the Bonnie L. Hays Animal Shelter and paid for all of its expenses caring for the dog.

Wood said the owner of the dog has asked to remain private, but wants everyone to know she’s grateful for the outpouring of support. She did not have the money to fly out to Oregon to retrieve her dog.

A good Samaritan spotted the 7-year-old dog earlier this month wandering in the Portland suburb of Tualatin.

Shelter workers contacted the Pennsylvania owner and learned that the dog had been missing since April 22, two days after Easter.

Gidget’s whereabouts between April and September are a mystery. She was thin, but in otherwise good shape when brought to the shelter.

Wood said Gidget’s story is a reminder that it’s important to microchip your pet.

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