DEFIANCE, Ohio (WFFT) - A family from Kentucky is hoping for a Christmas miracle.
The family believes their dog is in a shelter in northwest Ohio, but the shelter isn't giving it back.
Larry Wilson and his daughter said their dog "Charlie" went missing in January from Bardstown, Kentucky.
After searching for nearly a year, the Wilson's found a dog they believe is now at the Fort Defiance Humane Society, more than five hours away.
"We never gave up on finding this dog. We have searched literally all year long for our Charlie," Wilson said.
Wilson said he's been looking all across Kentucky for his dog, following most leads.
In early December, Wilson said he got a possible sighting at FDHS.
Wilson, and his 20-year-old daughter drove five hour 30 minutes to see if the dog was their Charlie.
"We did get on the floor, looked him over, as we're 100% sure it was our dog," he said.
However, the humane society wouldn't let them take the dog home.
In a Facebook post it said staff members asked for vet records and a receipt for the 2-year-old dog.
The shelter also says they are uneasy because the dog didn't recognize Wilson.
"He didn't recognize us. I'm not going to lie. I'm not going to say 'He recognized us, it was a great reunion,' because it wasn't," said Wilson.
Wilson said he expected that since Charlie has been away from home for nearly a year.
But he's determined charlie will come home.
"This dog was just like family for us. Which, all of our pets are, but this dog was very, very special to us," he said.
Wilson said the dog was a Christmas gift for his daughter two years ago.
He would like to see it home for this Christmas.
"It means the world. My daughter, several times has cried real emotional sobbing," Wilson said.
The shelter said it is continuing to work with Wilson and it's still waiting to verify a couple pieces of information before returning the dog.