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Found! Dog missing since JJ's explosion is back with owner

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Stories like this one often don’t end well. But on Saturday, there was much joy and relief when a dog missing since the explosion at a Country Club Plaza restaurant last month was reunited with his owner.

According to Great Plains SPCA, Perseus was spotted Saturday at 36th and Olive. The owner of the 2-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever, Dr. John Verstraete, was contacted and immediately came to the scene, bringing his other dog – and Perseus’ canine companion – with him.

“As soon as Perseus saw his owner, he came running,” read a post on the Great Plains SPCA Facebook page.

JJ’s Restaurant was completely destroyed on Feb. 19 due to the gas explosion. Verstraete’s office, which is next to the restaurant, was damaged in the blast. The doctor told local news media that the explosion frightened Perseus, and the dog ran away. For the past two days, the dog had been seen in the general area of where he was finally caught on Saturday.

As finding Perseus was a group effort, volunteers who assisted in the dog's capture have decided not to claim the $1,500 reward that was offered. His safe return, it seems, was reward enough.



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