Jonesboro family's deaf, missing dog found in Tampa, FL

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The power of social media helped reunite a deaf dog and her family from Jonesboro.

Molly Renshaw, a rescue dog, described by her family as an escape artist, but she usually finds her way home.

"She had been abused, probably because she was deaf so we just took her in," Timmy Renshaw said.

A few weeks ago Molly went for a routine run around her family's home and never returned.

"We let all of our dogs out to play in the yard and they always come right back," Renshaw said. "That particular morning, Molly didn't come home."

Molly's disappearance sent the family on a hunt, canvassing neighborhoods and remaining active on social media.

At one point, a Facebook user said they had the family's dog, but that ultimately fell through.

The family began to lose hope but one day, they received a phone call from an unfamiliar area code.

"This young man that lives outside of Tampa, Florida said he had seen it on social media and he thought he had our dog," Renshaw said.

After receiving pictures, the family spotted a very familiar birthmark on the dog pictured.

"We knew at that point, somehow Molly ended up in Tampa, Florida with a complete stranger," Renshaw said.

Days later, Renshaw went on a 13-hour road trip to Tampa from Jonesboro to reunite with Molly, and it was a tear jerker reunion.

"When she saw me, she was just so excited, she was beside her self," he said. "We need her just as much as she needs us."

Renshaw made the 13-hour trip back to Arkansas, one the whole family said was worth it.

"She's just another part of the family that we never want to be separated from ever again," Renshaw said.

Though they don't know how their rescue pet got all the way to Tampa, they said questions can come later.

For now, Renshaw said Molly is enjoying being extra spoiled.

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