BUFFALO, N.Y. ( WKBW ) Meet "Bluebell," This beautiful blue female Great Dane was surrendered to the Erie County SPCA by a local family who recently moved to the Western New York area from Louisiana.
When the SPCA did a routine check of the microchip that was with the dog, they found that Bluebell's original owner in Louisiana reported her missing. However that owner was also told by Louisiana animal control workers that she had also been euthanized.
Imagine when that Louisiana dog owner got the shock of his life, when the Erie County SPCA called him to say his dog was in Buffalo. Gina Browning from the Erie County SPCA confirmed that they were able to get in touch with the owner.
It is still unclear exactly how the family who turned the dog into the SPCA got her in the first place, but the Erie County SPCA says they are not Bluebell's original owners, and were calling the dog "Lucy."
Ben Gautreaux is Bluebell's true owner, and would love to have her back. However the expense might be too much to handle.
Gina Browning said, "With pet transport companies, the estimates we've received are between $1,700 and $2,000."
Even 1,400 miles away from home, Bluebell landed in the right place at the right time.
That is because Bluebell's lucky ticket home came from the most Cajun place you can find in the Queen City, the French Quarter Cafe.
Chris Silverstein, chef and owner of Buffalo's only New Orleans themed restaurant, used to live in Louisiana.
You might say it was fate that he heard about Bluebell's story, which was also broadcast on local radio.
Chris Silverstein told Eyewitness News, "I'm just glad I turned on the radio, and heard the story."
It just so happens Silverstein is headed to an area 20 minutes away from Bluebell's owner on Mother's Day, and has offered to drive her home.
While it may be a 20 hour drive to get Bluebell back to the Bayou, Chris Silverstein says he plans to post pictures and blog about the trip on his Facebook page.
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