Versailles family travels thousands of miles to save shelter dog

Posted at 12:00 AM, Feb 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-10 00:00:40-05

WOODFORD COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — A Versailles family has made not one, but two trips to Vegas to bring their new dog home.

It all started when Joy Farmer happened to see a photo of a dog named Kacey listed on a shelter kill list; she immediately felt she needed to save the dog.

"I knew at that moment that I needed her, and she needed me," said Farmer.

But there was a problem; the shelter is located California. So the Farmers booked a flight to Vegas and decided to make a mini-vacation out of bringing their pup home.

The plan was to enjoy Vegas and then drive to get Kacey before heading home on a plane with the dog. But when the airline said they could no longer accommodate Kacey, they decided to hire a handling service that would drive the dog to Kentucky for a fee.

They warned employees of the handling service to not let Kacey off the leash, but she was put in the backyard, and like the Farmers warned, she jumped a fence.

"I handed him the leash and I said don't go off this," said Jeff Farmer

She was then lost in Vegas for 7 days before a volunteer group was able to finally capture her. The second time around the Farmers decided not to take any risks, and opted to drive her home themselves.

The day Kacey was caught Jeff booked a flight and left the next morning. In Vegas he rented a car and drove her home.

Now that the chaos is over and everyone is home, the Farmers decided Kasey just won't work for her name. They have renamed her Cali Vegas.