Deuce, Durham Bulls mascot, found safe

krupp@newsobserver.comJuly 18, 2013 

Deuce with, from left, Durham County Sheriff Animal Service Offficers Patrick Craft and William Biggs and Deputy Wendy Pinner.

COURTESY OF GENE LONSWAY

— Deuce, the Durham Bulls border collie mascot who went missing after Saturday night’s game, was found Wednesday morning in Durham, said his owner and trainer, Gene Lonsway.

Durham resident James Lee Pryor saw Deuce outside the U.S. Army Reserve Center on Carroll Street, about a mile from Durham Bulls Athletic Park, and recognized him as the missing Bulls mascot.

Deuce ran into a park a couple blocks from the center, and Pryor followed.

“I stopped in the park and called him to me. He was really docile,” said Pryor, 63, an Army veteran who works for a company that cuts the grass at the reserve center. “Then I put him in my truck and called Animal Services.”

Animal Services called Lonsway, who says Deuce seems both happy and healthy and unfazed by the three days away from home. The orange Bulls bandanna Deuce was wearing around his neck when he took off was missing, however.

Deuce and his 1-year-old brother Ace, also a border collie, run the bases at DBAP after each Bulls victory.

They were in the stadium’s parking lot with Lonsway on Saturday when the post-game fireworks went off, spooking the dogs. Lonsway restrained Ace, but Deuce took off.

The brothers will take a break Thursday, Lonsway said, but fans will get to see them starting Friday.

“We are going to the games this weekend to work,” he said. “Win or lose, we will run the bases on Friday night.”

Tuesday night, Lonsway advertised a $500 reward for Deuce’s return. He said he would be in touch with Pryor about it.

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