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Missing pet tortoise returned to Sebring woman

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SEBRING, Ohio -

 A Sebring woman and her companion of 25 years were reunited after several weeks apart, and a Canton man has been awarded $700 for bringing them back together.

Otis the tortoise went missing from his owner's home at the end of May and has been on quite the adventure since.

After meeting several new people and traveling all the way to Canton, he finally made his way back to Sebring Tuesday morning.

Owner Kathie Heisinger couldn't be happier.

Heisinger told 21 News she believes Otis escaped her home by pushing through a door in the garage to check out the nearby Fireman's Festival.

Heisinger offered a $200 reward for finding Otis, and a fireman said he would double the amount.

Heisinger said she learned that someone in Sebring found Otis and brought him home, but left him in a cardboard box outdoors. Otis escaped again according to Heisinger.

A man from Canton, in town for the festival, then found Otis and brought him home with him.

Otis stayed there for two weeks until the man saw the wanted ad for Otis and reached out to Heisinger.

She went to Canton Tuesday morning to retrieve her beloved friend.

By now the reward had grown to $700.

Heisinger has had Otis since the early 1990s after rescuing him from a home where he received improper care.

The duo celebrated their reunion by spending time together in the park Wednesday.  

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