A woman has been reunited with her Yorkshire Terrier after he went missing from Albuquerque four years ago.
Animal Welfare received a report back in October that a microchipped dog named Duke was found by another person who was trying to get the dog registered in their name.
Officials at Animal Welfare located the individual who found the dog and were able to convince the person to return the dog to its original owner.
Duke’s original owner, Jennifer, had since relocated to Florida. However, she was very willing to travel to reunite with the now 11-year-old Duke.
“Miracles do happen because Duke is our little miracle,” says Jennifer Fogle.
Jennifer even brought along Duke’s collar and tags that she had kept for years and through several states, hoping to one day find her terrier again.
“I had people in my family tell me that I needed to let it go that he would never be home, that he was gone,” Fogle says.
Corporal Erin McKay and Recruit Officer Marquez are credited with working with the microchip company, Jennifer and others, to make sure Duke made his way home.
The city of Albuquerque’s Animal Welfare Department reminds pet owners of the importance and effectiveness of microchipping.
Dogs or cats may be brought into the Eastside or Westside animal shelters to be microchipped for $15.
Those who qualify for low income, or senior citizens age 65 and older, will receive microchipping for free.
The following is required to microchip your pet: a personal ID, and proof of pet ownership.