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Durham Bulls' base-running mascot reunited with owner

Posted July 17, 2013 12:22 p.m. EDT
Updated July 17, 2013 4:12 p.m. EDT

— Deuce, one of the dogs that runs the bases after Durham Bulls' wins, has been found safe after disappearing during a weekend fireworks show at the ballpark.

The 1-year-old border collie was found around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday wandering the wood line in a field near Carroll Street and Lakewood Avenue, about a mile from the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

James Lee Pryor, who found Deuce, said he recognized the dog from TV and contacted Durham County Animal Services, who reunited the animal with owner Gene Lonsway.

"Deuce seems to be happy and healthy. In fact, he seems totally unfazed by his three days away from home," Lonsway wrote on his Facebook page.

Lonsway said he was loading Deuce and his brother, Ace, into a van Saturday night at the ballpark when the fireworks spooked the dogs. Lonsway was able to get Ace into the van but Deuce ran.

"When I saw that dog, I actually sat on the floor," he said Wednesday afternoon. "I wasn't sure what was going to happen. I don't usually get faint."

Scott Carter, director of marketing for the Durham Bulls Baseball Club, said that Deuce will be at Friday's game.

"We will officially welcome him home, and he and his brother will run the bases post-game, win or lose," Carter said.