Man drives 800 miles to save his dog who had been stolen from his backyard

"I just can't wait to see him. I can't wait to see him. We're going to be back together. He's home. He's my baby."
July 5, 2018 10:07 am Last Updated: July 5, 2018 10:07 am

Even when all hope seemed lost, one man held onto his desire that he’d one day see his best friend again—and then he got a surprising call from the last place he could’ve imagined.

Dara Prak, from Houston, Texas, was the proud owner of a pit bull named Titan. But back in March, the dog suddenly vanished from his fenced backyard—and his collar was left behind.

Prak realized that his pup had been stolen.

(Facebook/Prak Dara)

Prak searched for weeks for his pooch, putting up signs and checking in with local animal shelters. But as time passed, he had no leads on where his dog could be.

Still, he refused to give up—and carried a symbol of hope with him.

He kept Titan’s leash and collar in his car.

“I just knew that one day I would see him again,” Prak told KTRK/CNN.

(Facebook/Prak Dara)

Months passed, and the situation seemed hopeless. But in early June, Prak got an unexpected phone call.

It was an animal shelter Greenville, South Carolina—over 800 miles away. They had some stunning news:

They found Titan!

Titan was microchipped, so even across a few state lines, they were easily able to identify Prak as the dog’s owner and track down his contact info.

Back in Texas, Prak was stunned—and started planning a road trip.

“I got that phone call and knew. I just knew I had to get to South Carolina,” Prak told KTRK. “It was about 16 hours with stops.”

“I just can’t wait to see him. I can’t wait to see him. We’re going to be back together. He’s home. He’s my baby.”

(Facebook/Kara Hills)

No one knows for sure how Titan ended up so far away—but they suspect it was not an easy few months for the dog.

His rescuers found him badly bruised, indicating that he suffered some abuse after being taken. There’s no word on who took the dog, but he’s being treated for his injuries—and hopefully will be back to his old self now that he’s back in loving care.

“Titan is probably one of the laziest, most calm pit bulls I’ve ever met,” Prak’s girlfriend Kara Hills said.

Heading home to Texas with his long-lost dog, it was a road trip to remember.

“Once we got Titan it was like driving didn’t even matter,” Prak said.

“I never lost hope in finding him,” he said. “I just didn’t know it would be in South Carolina.”