Family's dog found 800 miles from home on Christmas Day

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LOS LUNAS, N.M. (KAKE) -

 A New Mexico family have been without their 3-year-old husky, Koda, since March, after he jumped out of a truck while the family was running errands. 

KOAT reports that two days after Christmas, Kristi Chavarria, the dog's owner received a text message from a woman named Jamie Bergman, saying she had Koda.

“I was like, 'this is a joke,' because Koda’s been gone for so long,” said Chavarria.

After exchanging some text messages, Chavarria figured out Bergman was all the way in Kansas City, Missouri.

Bergman said Koda was in her backyard and was covered in ice. She took Koda to the vet.

“I listened to my voice messages and there was a call from the vet she took him to, saying that they scanned him came up as he was my dog,” Chavarria told KOAT.

Fortunately, Koda is microchipped.

“If he wasn’t microchipped, we would never see him again,” Chavarria said.

The Chavarrias are friends with an animal rescue expert who is coordinating getting Koda home to Los Lunas.

A woman in Texas will be going to Kansas City to pick Koda up and take him back to the Chavarria family in mid-January.

Bergman set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for dog food, medicine, and transport costs. The campaign has closed.

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