LAS VEGAS - A lost German shepherd is on his way home after going missing for more than a month. A family passing through Las Vegas lost the dog while staying in a hotel.
Ram was missing for 37 days. His family stopped in Las Vegas during a cross-country trip from California to Iowa. Ram and the family's other dog somehow got out of their hotel room. The family found the other dog, but didn't find Ram.
The family stayed three extra days searching the streets of Las Vegas. They posted flyers across the valley and searched local animal shelters. They were forced to leave without their 6-year-old German shepherd, when their search turned up nothing. Through the help of volunteer searchers and e-mails with rescue groups, however, the family was able to continue looking for Ram.
On Tuesday, they found their long-lost dog.
"When I saw him, it was like he had come back to life, because in my heart, I thought he was gone," said Ram's owner Katie McGuinness. "The dogs are a part of the family. So now, it will feel like home." McGuinness says she and her family are grateful for everyone who helped bring him home.
"I just can't believe for a city that has a reputation for being a hard place, the heart of the volunteers who have come forward to help us," she said.
Despite being lost for more than a month, the family says Ram is in good health. They say he only lost a little bit of weight and had a couple of street wounds, but nothing too serious. The family plans to fly back to Iowa first thing Wednesday morning.