Adopted dog bound for Canada escapes, rescued at Kemper

Adopted dog bound for Canada escapes, rescued at Kemper


The Kemper County energy facility has hosted visitors from all over the world, but never one quite like Phoenix.

She’s doggone amazing — literally.

Phoenix is a puppy born in Houston, Texas, and adopted by a family in Ontario, Canada. She recently had quite the adventure on the way to her new home, including 30 days on the run after escaping from her handlers during a stop at the Meridian Petco store.

Her new owners, and those transporting her, searched and searched for her, never giving up hope. They put out flyers, called local stations, posted messages on Facebook and Twitter.

Finally, Phoenix was found about 30 miles north of where she disappeared – at the Kemper County energy facility where she became known by another name.

“The guys outside the administration building had been feeding KC (Kemper Canine), the name we gave her, and giving her water,” Kemper Operations team member Terry Gordy said. “She had been around for a few days. A picture was put up in the city of Meridian and one of the workers recognized her.”

When she first arrived at Kemper, the dog seemed very tired, Gordy said.

Then she began to follow the workers around the deck.

“We kind of liked her company,” Gordy said. “The guys already miss her.”

Denise Flinchbaugh, of Kinder Care Transport, the company who took Phoenix to her new home in Ontario, said it’s not all that surprising that Phoenix gravitated toward the power plant.

“It’s been suggested that dogs, when they’re lost, will often focus on power lines and follow them,” she said. “We feel as though she may have followed the lines all the way to the plant.”

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