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Dog of Tescott murder victim back home

Published: Sep. 13, 2017 at 10:32 AM CDT
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The dog of a man murdered in the town of Tescott, Kan. is back home.

Ventura County Animal Services shared video of the reunion on its Facebook page.

The reunion follows the Aug. 12 murder of Matt Schoshke. A family member found him murdered in his Tescott home on Aug. 12. His dog, Zeus was reported missing along with his Ford F-150.

On Aug. 22, the truck was found abandoned in California and Zeus was still missing.

VCAS says the Australian Shepherd was found tethered to a tree near the train station in Ventura where the suspect left him before boarding a northbound train – "leaving Zeus with no known connection to the victim or to the crime".

The organization says Zeus was turned over to the Camarillo Animal Shelter then adopted out to a family.

The "Help the Matt Schoshke Family" tracked down Zeus to the shelter who then spoke to the KBI and the Ottawa County Sheriff's about the dog's history.

The shelter's director reached out to the family who had adopted explained the situation and the family agreed to release Zeus back to the shelter so he could be reunited with Schoshke's parents in Kansas.

“It was the most touching conversation! Matthew’s mother told me, ‘Getting Zeus back is almost like getting my son back!’” his mother told the director of VCAS.

Zeus' Reunion

**Reunion With Fallen Son’s Dog Helps A Family To Heal** Tragedy struck a Kansas family in early August when Jan and Gary Schoshke’s son, Matthew became the victim of a senseless homicide. The suspected killer presumably stole his truck, kidnapped his loyal companion, an Australian Shepherd named Zeus, and eventually made his way to California. Law enforcement caught up with the suspect after he spent time in a Northern California hospital. Zeus, however, was not with him. The dog was found tethered to a tree near the train station in Ventura where the suspect left him before boarding a northbound train – leaving Zeus with no known connection to the victim or to the crime. Following Matthew’s murder, the family began searching for Zeus. They subsequently created a Facebook page titled, Help the Matt Schoshke Family, to which an individual posted a picture of an Australian Shepherd taken at our Camarillo Animal Shelter suggesting that it might be the missing dog. This person also thought that the dog had been adopted out of the shelter to another family. After speaking to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Ottawa Sheriff Department, we concluded that the dog that had been in our care was, in fact, Zeus! Tara Diller, Director of Ventura County Animal Services, and Bryan Bray, VCAS Field Operations Supervisor, met with the family who adopted Zeus from VCAS and explained the horrific circumstances surrounding the dog. They had no idea their new four-legged family member had suffered such a traumatic loss. After presenting them with documentation related to the case, the family agreed to release Zeus back into our custody so we could reunite him with Matthew’s parents in Kansas. Tara Diller made contact with the Schoshkes by phone. She said, “It was the most touching conversation! Matthew’s mother told me, ‘Getting Zeus back is almost like getting my son back!’” Since his death, Matthew’s family has gone through an unbelievable ordeal. It is our hope that Zeus’ homecoming will not only bring some closure, but also provide them a piece of the love that was shared between the dog and his beloved master. Ventura County Animal Services

Posted by Ventura County Animal Services on Tuesday, 12 September 2017

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