Heartwarming moment lost dog is reunited with owner after it was found 240 MILES away in Florida

Heartwarming moment a lost dog is reunited with her Georgia owner after she was found 240 MILES away in Florida

  • Husky Ashley ran away from her home through an open door
  • She was missing for weeks and owner Brittney Novickis posted adverts online 
  • Ashley somehow ended up in Daytona Beach and was put up for adoption in a dog shelter
  • Rescuer specializing in lost dogs saw Novickis’ advertisement on the shelter’s website and told her Ashley had been found in Florida


This is the heartwarming moment a lost dog reunited with her owner after she was found 240 miles away from home, two weeks after disappearing. 

Ashley, a husky, disappeared from Brittney Novickis’ home in Savannah, Georgia, after escaping through a door left open by a dog-sitter.

She somehow wound up over 200 miles away in Daytona Beach, Florida.

‘How Ashley made her way to Daytona Beach from Savannah is a mystery,’ said a rep for the Halifax Humane Society (HHS).

‘The assumption is she was picked up and driven to the area, where she escaped again or was let loose.’

Novickis lives with her then-fiancé Paul McCarthy and they have four including Ashley.

Ashley somehow wound up over 200 miles away in Daytona Beach, Florida 

Ashley had no microchip or collar so she was listed as a stray, renamed Kit and put up for adoption on the HHS website.

But Hailey Lingo, an advocate for lost-and-found dogs, saw a post of Ashley on the internet, thought she could be the dog in the shelter and contacted Novickis.

Husky Ashley disappeared from her home in Savannah, Georgia, last year after escaping through a door left open by a dog sitter

Husky Ashley disappeared from her home in Savannah, Georgia, last year after escaping through a door left open by a dog sitter

Ashley may have been picked up and driven to the area, where she escaped again or was let loose.

Ashley may have been picked up and driven to the area, where she escaped again or was let loose. 

Ashley had no microchip or collar so she was listed as a stray

Ashley was renamed Kit and put up for adoption on the HHS website

The two were reunited at the shelter with Ashley eagerly jumping up and down and trying to get out of her kennel the moment she saw her owner.

Ashley’s owner contacted HHS and raced to Florida the next day to be reunited with her dog.

‘As it was, Ashley had two adoption holds on her when she contacted HHS,’ the rep said.

‘Had she waited just a few more hours, Ashley might have gone to a new home.’

The two were reunited at the shelter with Ashley, 5, eagerly jumping up and down and trying to get out of her kennel the moment she saw her owner.

Ashley, a husky, disappeared from her home in Savannah, Georgia, after escaping through a door left open by a dog-sitter.

Ashley, a husky, disappeared from her home in Savannah, Georgia, after escaping through a door left open by a dog-sitter.

'Ashley as you can see in the video was very happy to see her,' said a rep with HHS.

Hailey Lingo, an advocate for lost and found dogs, saw a post of Ashley on the internet and thought she could be the dog in the shelter

Ashley’s owner contacted HHS and raced to Florida the next day to be reunited with her dog. 

This is the heartwarming moment a lost dog reunites with its owner after she was found 240 miles away from home weeks after going missing

This is the heartwarming moment a lost dog reunites with its owner after she was found 240 miles away from home weeks after going missing

‘Ashley as you can see in the video was very happy to see her,’ said the rep.

‘The owner was ecstatic to finally find Ashley after searching for her for over two weeks.’

The rep stressed the importance of microchipping pets to reunite them with their owners in case they get lost.

‘Had Ashley been microchipped, she would have been returned much sooner,’ according to HHS.

‘Only about 22 per cent of lost dogs that entered animal shelters last year were reunited with their families. 

‘However, the return-to-owner rate for microchipped dogs was over 52 per cent.’