Family reunited with Lab lost for weeks

New Albany, IN - By Marisela Burgos - bio | email

NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) - A Southern Indiana family has been reunited with their 2-year-old Lab, Millie, who had been missing for more than two weeks.

Millie disappeared June 1 after someone stole the couple's truck - with Millie inside. Harry Perissi had parked his truck outside Lowe's in Clarksville because he planned to purchase trees from the store for his landscaping business. He says he rolled up his windows and left Millie inside with the keys in the ignition for about 10 minutes. When he walked out, the truck was gone. And so was Millie.

Oldham County Police officers found the Perissi's truck 11 days later, as they investigated a report about another crime at a home in Crestwood, KY. Sgt. Neil Johnson said Victor Burba was trying to steal appliances from his sister, using the Perissi's truck. Sgt. Johnson said there was no sign of Millie.

After the Perissi family shared their story, a Kentucky family called our station, saying they believed they had found Millie.

"I don't know how she wound up here," Barney Egerton said.

Barney and, his wife, Vicki, said Millie walked onto their front yard at their Trimble County home on June 2nd.

"We knew she missed somebody," Barney said. "We were gonna keep her, unless, we could find the real owners and it just worked out."

He said they tried to look for the owners, but did not know who they were until Thursday night. "My brother-in-law was watching the game and he switched over to Channel 3 and [saw] the story," Barney said.

Vicki says she remembered when Millie appeared on their front yard.

"She came into the yard," Vickie said. "She watched for about a day and then, I guess, she figured out we were okay. She would watch the cars go by like she was watching for someone to come and get her."

Heather and Harry Perissi picked up Millie early Friday after the Egertons called them.

"When we pulled up to the house, she was on the front porch and we said her name and she came running," Heather said.

"I'm grateful," Heather continued. "My husband is extremely grateful. The fact that they took such good care of her, we are just overjoyed."

While the Egertons are happy Millie has been reunited with her family, they say they're going to miss her.

"How can you not love her?" asked Vickie. "She's something else."

Burba faces several charges in Kentucky and Indiana - in Kentucky he's charged with burglary, assault, and receiving stolen property. In Indiana, he's charged with auto theft and theft - for stealing Millie.

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