'Ryder the school bus riding dog', finds new home - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

'Ryder the school bus riding dog', finds new home

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - We've all heard of a faithful dog following a student to a bus stop, but one pooch in DeKalb County took it a step (or shall we say a seat) further...he hopped on!

School officials tell FOX 5 this Pit Bull mix waited near a group of Cedar Grove High School students at a bus stop. When the school bus arrived, he hopped on - and would not budge!

According to witnesses the dog pushed his way through the crowd of students and took a seat. He then reportedly sat calmly in the seat and would not leave. The bus driver removed the students while neighbors helped to coax the animal off the bus with some food.

The dog then went on his way.

A local rescue group tells FOX 5 that since this story aired the dog has been located and is now safe. Diva's Pit Bull Rescue Founder Colleen Lanzby said that after seeing pictures of the pit bull she knew had to find the stray.

"I saw this dog, and he just crushed my heart. I said I have got to find this dog," said Lanzby.

Lanzby organized a search team, but was relieved when she heard that DeKalb Animal Shelter had safely picked up the dog. The pit bull now has a new home and a new name, Ryder.

Rescue volunteers are happy Ryder's story has a happy ending, but said that they have almost 80 pit bulls that need new homes. Volunteers said that anyone interested in adopting a dog is welcome to come to Diva's Pit Bull Rescue and meet the loving animals.

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