Toboi's going home, thanks to 7 News Viewer

By Amanda Ward - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A Jack Russell terrier that's traveled more than a thousand miles to Lake Charles is finally going home.

The dog was brought into Calcasieu Parish Animal Services on March 27 and immediately scanned. Turns out, Toboi, the five year old terrier, had a microchip and was registered to Barbara Apostolo in Miramar, Florida.

Animal Services called several times without any luck, then sent a certified letter.

After learning Toboi had been found, Barbara Apostolo said, "Three years, we haven't forgotten her, but, we've definitely given up hope!"

The Apostolo's said their import/export business is not doing so well in this tough economic crisis and traveling to Lake Charles was not possible.

"We have fallen on some hard times in this economic situation and my husband's business has failed and we couldn't just run up and get her," she said.

After airing Toboi's story, 7 News was flooded with emails and phone calls from viewers wanting to help.

"Someone called and said they would like to pay for it, so we're looking a flight on Wednesday, that she will fly from here to Houston and from Houston to Ft. Lauderdale," said Morales.

And, remember there are countless other animals waiting at Calcasieu Animal Services for a permanent home.

If you'd like to help save the life of another animal, call  (337) 721-3730.