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Pell City family gets lost dog back for Christmas

PELL CITY (AP) — Louie was home for Christmas.

The 70-pound brown and white boxer had been missing from Michael and Legay Barber’s home on Logan Martin Lake for 13 months.

Then the family spotted his photo on the Web site of a Calhoun County animal shelter.

Christmas surprise

The Barbers picked him up last Thursday — but planned on saving the news for a Christmas morning surprise for 12-year-old daughter Madison.

Louie had been missing since the day after Thanksgiving 2005.

Madison had asked for a puppy for Christmas.

At first, her father said no but then he saw a television show about pet adoptions. He visited a Web site advertising dogs for adoption.

Later that night, Madison’s oldest sister, Hillary, sat down at the family computer to download music for a family friend suffering from lung cancer.

The computer was still logged onto the dog adoption Web site.

Hillary ran a search for boxers and a familiar canine face popped onto the screen.

“She just went crazy and said, ‘I found Louie,’ ” Michael Barber said.

Angie Persch, owner of Rockin’ P Rescue shelter in Jacksonville, said an animal control officer in Oxford found Louie in Oxford six weeks ago and delivered the malnourished dog to an animal shelter.

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