Dog found in Fort Pitt Tunnel reunited with owner

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Treble Dixon has been depressed since her dog Chico ran away three weeks ago. But today, she says she's ecstatic.

Around 1 p.m., Ms. Dixon, 52, of McKees Rocks headed to the Western PA Humane Society to be reunited with Chico -- the chihuahua mix that was rescued in the Fort Pitt Tunnel on Monday morning after causing traffic delays.

Ms. Dixon said Chico ran away in mid-May when he was off his leash at a play date in Elliott. She has looked for him ever since, but the search came to an end when her brother called Monday. He saw Chico on TV.

"Thank God for my brother watching the news," Ms. Dixon said.

Today's reunion at the shelter on Western Avenue on the North Side went great, she said.

She brought Chico's leash -- which matched the collar the dog was wearing -- and his papers and tags. But there was even more proof that Chico was Ms. Dixon's dog.

"When Chico saw her, he went right to her," Humane Society executive director David Janusek said.

The dog had a microchip implanted before leaving the shelter and will be neutered there, too, he said. Though Chico had been quarantined because he bit one of his rescuers, he had been inoculated against rabies, Mr. Janusek said.

Tonight, Ms. Dixon said she's thankful to have Chico back at home.

"I'm so grateful to the people in the tunnel. I'm so grateful no one got hurt, and he didn't get hit," she said.

Earlier: Dog ties up Fort Pitt Tunnel traffic

Lexi Belculfine: or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc.

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