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Lost ‘Giant Dog’ Arrives at Dollar General Store and Refuses to Leave

A dog lost in Florida decided to face up to his situation via retail therapy.

Workers at a Dollar General in Bradenton called police this week to report a ‘giant dog that wouldn’t leave’, police said in a now-viral Facebook post that includes body camera footage of the dog walking around in the store.

The 135-pound dog, whose name turned out to be Bentley, had walked into the store alone and ‘spent a few hours browsing’ before closing time and staff didn’t want to just turn the gentle giant on the street.

Bentley had a microchip and officers were able to trace its owner. The dog had apparently walked through a door at home before his shopping attempt.

Pet microchips are about the size of a grain of rice and are implanted under the skin. A microchip contains a unique identification number that can be read by a microchip scanner, which most veterinarians and animal shelters have. The identification number then becomes part of a register where it is linked to the name and contact details provided by the owner of the animal. (It is important that owners keep their information up to date through the microchip company.)

While Bentleys were only lost for a few hours, in some cases microchips are helping people find their pets years after they went missing. Earlier this year, a family in England found their cocker spaniel, Cassie, who had been stolen from their yard eight years earlier. Authorities found Cassie during a raid on a puppy mill and tracked down her family via the chip.




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