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A dark day for Tank had a serious silver lining.
According to KSAT, the black-and-white canine was recently shot in the chest and taken to The Animal Defense League for treatment. KSAT covered the dog’s recovery in a news story, which was watched by a San Antonio family.
The family was shocked — not just because of what happened, but because it was their missing dog, now being called Mr. Big, on the TV screen. More than one year before, Tank was stolen from their backyard; months of searching turned up nothing. The family was about to give up on ever seeing Tank again when they spied him on the news.
“I jumped up from the couch and was like, that’s Tank! That’s him!” Michelle Miller told KSAT. “My son was really, really attached to Tank. So to hear what he went through and to see him like that, it was very emotional.”
“When I first saw him on TV, I started crying,” Miller’s 10-year-old son, Josh, added.
After seeing the segment, Michelle contacted The Animal Defense League and started the process of proving Tank belonged to her. The mom sent in shots of the dog as a puppy and as an adult, which the shelter accepted as proof of ownership.
Tank is now back home with the people who have loved and missed him. After a loss in the family, this reunion is especially meaningful.
“Their dad passed away about a year and a half ago and he bought Tank and another dog before his accident, so getting Tank back … losing him to begin with was horrible,” Michelle said.
To protect Tank, Michelle is trying to keep the dog inside the house, unless she has an eye on him, and is adding new security measures to her home. The family is also taking care to keep the canine calm, so he can fully recover from his injury without complication.
It took Tank mere moments to get comfortable in his old home once again.
“When he walked in, it’s like he remembered this place. All the stuffed animals, that’s his favorite thing. Probably his favorite time is dinner time. When we eat, he gets food from everybody’s plate. He’s very spoiled,” Michelle said.
Unfortunately, no one has been charged for shooting Tank. Animal Care Services is still investigating who harmed the dog and why. Anyone with information on this animal abuse case, or on who stole Tank, should call 210-207-4738.