Dog that dis­ap­peared in Florida in 2016 is found in New York

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FREEPORT, N.Y. — A dog that dis­ap­peared in Florida in Fe­bru­ary 2016 has been found in New York.

A woman who said she found the Ger­man shep­herd-Jack Rus­sell Ter­rier mix brought it last week to a Long Is­land and New York City res­cue group called Bobbi and The Strays, which traced its mi­crochip and tracked down its as­ton­ished fam­ily in West Palm Beach, Florida.

“I had said many times, ‘They’re go­ing to find that dog. They may not find that dog alive, but some­how, some way, they’re go­ing to find the chip on that dog and they’re go­ing to be call­ing us,’” Rick Mo­neck told The As­so­ci­ated Press in a phone call on Satur­day. Nonethe­less, the news came as quite the shock.

“I never, ever ex­pected — you know, we kind of gave up on it,” said Mo­neck. “After this much time had gone by, you just move on with your life.”

Mo­neck told News­day, which first re­ported the story, that his fam­ily adopted the “beau­ti­ful” and “well-be­haved” dog, named Re­lay, as a puppy in 2014.

One day, Re­lay set off to ex­plore.

“I think she’s a wan­derer,” Mo­neck told the AP. “And I think she was just an op­por­tunist dog and hap­pened to see that she could fit un­derneath the gate.”

The fam­ily scoured the area and put up fliers.

“The lady in the gas sta­tion said she saw a man call the dog over and walk away with the dog,” Mo­neck said. A blurry video ap­peared to show a man putting Re­lay into his car.

In ad­di­tion to the chip, Mo­neck said, Re­lay had left home wear­ing “a brand new col­lar, a leather col­lar, with her name in brass” — and his son’s name, ad­dress and phone num­ber.

How­ever the dog got to New York, it’s about to ex­pe­ri­ence some more mileage.

Bobbi and The Strays has been looking for a vol­un­teer to drive Re­lay to Florida.

Mo­neck told News­day it’s “un­be­liev­able” that his fam­ily will be re­united with the “dog that we loved so much.”

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

VOL­UN­TEER MYRA KENNETT, of the res­cue group Bobbi and The Strays, plays with Re­lay at the fa­cil­ity in Freeport, N.Y., Satur­day. The Ger­man shep­herd mix went un­der a back­yard fence in West Palm Beach, Fla. in Fe­bru­ary 2016 and the dog’s mi­crochip has been traced back to the own­ers.

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