Hurricane Irma dealt Florida a heavy blow, but for one resident of Fort Myers Beach, the Category 3 storm had a silver lining.
Pete Mayher was one of hundreds who reconnected with lost pets in Irma’s wake, only his yellow lab Wizzer disappeared 5 years before the storm hit. 
Back in 2012, Wizzer and his son Max broke out of the backyard, a “fairly common” occurrence, Mayher told weather.com
“I live on an island so they couldn’t go too far,” he said. “They’d usually come back within an hour, but this time they were gone for a few days.”
Max was found 5 miles away from home a few days later; a Good Samaritan dropped him off at the vet with bloody paws. 
But Wizzer never returned. 
“More than likely someone took him,” Mayher told weahter.com. “He’s obviously been with someone for five years but it looks like they were using him for a guard dog. …
READ MORE ON WEATHER.COM