Microchip miracle: Missing dog reunited with California family after 12 years

'I didn't expect this to ever happen. Excited to get her back, get her healthy and let her live the rest of her life,' said the owner


                            Microchip miracle: Missing dog reunited with California family after 12 years
Zoey, lost dog reunites with family after 12 years. (San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office)
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It was joyous weekend for this family in California. Twelve years ago, they lost their little pup but this weekend, they reunited with their dog Zoey after a long wait. On February 10, San Joaquin Animal Services received a call. The caller informed them of a stray dog who had been dropped at a rural property around Stockton. The caller also said that the dog looked old and unwell.

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Animal services officer Brandon Levin took the situation into his own hands and found a tracking chip on the dog. After scanning, Levin realized Zoey had been reported missing since 2010 from Lafayette. This was reported by KCRA.

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Officials at animal services said, "Zoey had been missing for so long, in 2015 the microchip company had actually listed her as “deceased” in their records." Fortunately, the owners have the same phone number and could be traced and made aware of their lost dog. They now live in Benicia. Officer Brandon Levin could successfully connect with them and share the exciting news. Owner Michelle met her long-lost dog Zoey after 12 long years. 

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"We got her at the pound when she was 6-months-old with her twin sister... they were with us for about six months and then we went to the store for about 20 minutes and came back and she was missing," Michelle said in a video shared by the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office. The owner added, "I didn't expect this to ever happen. Excited to get her back, get her healthy and let her live the rest of her life."

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