Augusta, GA – We have an update to a story we brought you on WJBF News Channel 6 at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
A woman made a post to Facebook about a dog she says was being abused at a neighbor’s house in downtown Augusta. Carrie Mitchell says a pit bull was chained to the side of the house that was being neglected. After we looked into it we found out the dog had been missing from its original owners for more than a year and half.
The owners had given up hope last year that they would ever see their dog again. When the dog’s picture appeared on Facebook this week with a post about being abused, it didn’t take long to get him back home.
“All those emotions, they just came back and I couldn’t sit still,” said Blake Williamson.
Williamson said his dog Drop Zone went missing in February of 2014, after he escaped through the backyard fence.
“We posted a couple fliers up and went looking for him day in and day out for about 30 days or so,” said Williamson.
After a month of searching, Williamson and his wife, who breed and own several dogs, came to terms that Drop Zone wouldn’t be coming back.
But on Tuesday, he got a call from his friend about this post that was circulating Facebook.
“We heard the original story that was being put out was about a dog that was being abused, animal cruelty type case,” said Williamson.
When Williamson saw the post, he immediately knew it was his dog, Drop Zone. When he found out where his dog was supposedly chained up at a home in Downtown Augusta, he only found a dog chain.
“It was a hard pill to swallow, luckily, I don’t think it was as bad as the Facebook post, the original Facebook post made it out to be, I don’t think he was really abused,” said Williamson.
Williamson said he wasn’t sure if the person who had Drop Zone was going to give him up or if they would have to battle it out in court.
“We got a phone call from the individual who actually had the dog and said that he didn’t want to cause any problems and he wasn’t aware that the dog was stolen and he wanted to do the right thing and make sure the dog got back to the owner,” said Williamson.
The former show dog was reunited with the Williamson’s and their friend, Marcus Vinson, who will now take ownership of Drop Zone.
“It’s just good to know that animals, when they don’t have a voice, these people are so kind and generous from all over to come together and do what it takes and stand up and speak out for these dogs,” said Williamson.
The new owner, Marcus Vinson, says he will be making sure to get Drop Zone microchipped in case he ever goes missing again.