Toby Brooks was 9-years-old when he got Coco for a birthday present and they have been together ever since. Today he has three young daughters, ages 8, 3 and 2.
Nearly three weeks later she turned up in a town 770 miles away in Massachusetts. With no microchip or tags this could have had an unhappy ending except for animal control officer Anna Kuralt-Fenton and several others.
After Coco’s picture was posted on Facebook, a local citizen called to say that a neighbor had found the dog while she was in North Carolina and apparently thought “Wow, free Poodle puppy.”
But when she got home she realized the tiny dog was very old with some serious medical issues that she couldn’t handle and turned her out on the streets.
Fenton reached out to shelters in North Carolina where AC Angie Lee posted Coco’s picture. Brooks quickly emailed to identify her.
Fenton then contacted Pilots N Paws, a national non-profit group of volunteer pilots and plane owners who rescue and fly animals to where they need to go to find foster care or return to their owners.
Jared O'Meara and his dad Mike O'Meara flew Coco to Pennsylvania where Kathy and Dave Van Allen flew her home to reunite with her family.