Dog reunited with owner, five days after burglary

TAMPA, Fla. — A dog who was missing for five days after a burglary was reunited with his owner on Saturday after a good Samaritan found the dog and brought him to BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Tampa.

dog with man and woman at veterinary hospital

Zeus, reunited with family at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Tampa.

The dog, named Zeus, has been missing since Monday, when the Temple Terrace home of Makayla Nealer was burglarized and many of her belongings were stolen. But what mattered most to her was Zeus, her beloved dog.

The story of the missing dog made the local news and it was widely shared on Facebook.

Zeus  was found in a front yard on Saturday morning by a Temple Terrace resident who then brought the dog to BluePearl’s Tampa hospital. The hospital, like the BluePearl hospitals in Clearwater and Brandon, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week,  with veterinarians always on hand for emergencies.

The staff scanned the dog for a microchip and found one. But even before gathering the information from the chip, Dr. Kate Brammer, an emergency veterinarian for BluePearl, thought the dog looked familiar. He has one ear that sticks up straight, and another one that flops down on the top of his head.

“I thought, that’s the dog on Facebook,” Brammer said.

BluePearl made contact with Nealer, who came to the Tampa hospital and picked up Zeus shortly afterward.