Zoey had been missing from Lafayette, California, since 2010 when she was around one year old. After 12 years, her owner Michelle did not expect to be reunited with her pet and the microchip company had even listed her as “deceased” in their records.
But on February 10, police received a call about a dog that had been dumped at a rural property near Stockton.
An animal services officer scanned the dog’s microchip which showed it was Zoey.
Michelle said: “I’m still in shock.
“I definitely didn’t expect this to ever happen but I’m excited so I’m really excited.
“I’m excited to hopefully bring her back, get her healthy and let her live the rest of her life.”
Michelle, who has another 13-year-old dog, now lives in Benicia but the contact number in her microchip details was still the same.
San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office shared a video of Michelle and Zoey being reunited on their Facebook page.
The post says: “On February 10, 2022, Animal Services Officer Brandon Levin received a call regarding a stray dog who had been dropped off on a rural property outside Stockton.
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“We met the owner Michelle in Rio Vista, where she and Zoey reunited after 12 years apart!”
The post has received hundreds of comments and thousands of likes from other Facebook users.
Wynne Wycoff wrote: “Thanks to San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office for making this happen! And glad Zoey is reunited with her family! I pray that she heals and feels safe back with her family!”
Janine Rene commented: “Such an awesome story. I’m glad she got her fur baby back.”
Summer Smith added: “Great story! I love a happy ending!”