A Californian dog missing for more than a decade has been reunited with its owner after being found on a rural property.
The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office received a call Feb. 10 about a stray dog that appeared “old and sick,” according to a Facebook post.
When an officer searched for a tracking chip, he found her name was Zoey and she had gone missing in Lafayette, California 12 years ago.
“Zoey had been missing for so long that in 2015 the microchip company listed her as ‘deceased’ in their records,” the post read.
The sheriff’s office was able to contact her landlord, who still had the same number despite moving to another city. The two were reunited soon after.
“I had her in the pound when she was 6 months old with her twin sister,” she said. “They stayed with us for about six months and then we went to the store for about 20 minutes and came back and she was gone.”
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She told officers she also had another 13-year-old dog.
“I’m still in shock. I certainly didn’t expect this to happen, so I’m really excited.” she says. “Hopefully (we can) bring her back, get her healthy and let her live the rest of her life.”
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