Dog reunited with stunned owners three years after mystery disappearance
A delighted family have been reunited with their runaway pet dog almost three years after she disappeared.
Bella, a Maltese-Pomeranian, was found more than 1,000 miles away from her Florida home, roaming alone around the streets of Paterson, New Jersey.
A Facebook page dedicated to finding Bella said “miracles really do happen” after an animal shelter contacted the owners revealing that she had been found.
Bella’s owner, Bill Gerstein, told CBS Local he had “no idea” how his pet got to New Jersey where she reportedly spent nine months with another family before again running away.
Ashley Abregu found Bella “rolling in dirt” near her home and decided to contact animal control services.
“She looked as if who ever took her was not taking good care of her, she was very knotty and dirty,” she explained.
“I just wanted to help her but even though she was looking a little rough, she still was as happy as ever, running around, rolling around everywhere, it was just the cutest thing ever. I then called animal control and shared her picture in a couple groups.”
Bella’s owners were tracked down thanks to her microchip implant, with Mr Gerstein jumping on a flight for an emotional reunion with the canine, CBS Local adds.
“I want to thank everyone who has been involved in this wonderful reunion,” he wrote on Facebook.
“The lesson that I'd like to put out there is that everyone who has a pet that could possibly escape… use a tracking chip.”