My pets are not microchipped, but this story is a reminder for me to reconsider.
Thanks to a microchip, a man is rejoicing after his English bulldog was returned, according to ABC7 News in New York. The dog disappeared back in 2012.
Robert Vitiello said his dog Bella was stolen more than two years ago when she was just 6 months old, but now she is back at home in Hempstead, N.Y.
“It was like she never forgot us,” he said. “As soon as she saw me, it was the best feeling. She came out all bull-doggish, and she started licking me and kissing me with her big tongue of hers.”
Someone found Bella wandering around the Lindenhurst area Friday night and brought her to the Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island. They scanned for a microchip, and that led them to Vitiello.
“When I got that phone call, and they said this is the vet, they said we found your dog Bella,” he said. “I lost my breath. I was like what, who? I’m like, I’m Bella’s father.”
Veterinary officials told ABC7 it looks like someone had been caring for Bella all this time. She seems well socialized and has a “good body condition.”
Meanwhile, Vitiello is still searching for his other dog, Cesear, who he believes was taken by the the same person who took Bella, according to ABC7.
Are your pets microchipped?
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