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'Thank Goodness for the Microchip': Stolen Dog Reunites With Family After 2 Years

Suzy, a Maltese shih tzu mix, was taken from the Templin family's yard in the summer of 2017

    Stolen Dog Reunited With Her Family Two Years Later

    A North Texas dog believed to be stolen from her backyard two years ago has been reunited with her family in Arlington. (Published Thursday, June 13, 2019)

    A North Texas dog believed to be stolen from her backyard two years ago has been reunited with her family in Arlington.

    Jaime Templin said her dog Suzy, a Maltese shih tzu mix, was taken from the family's yard in the summer of 2017 and she's been missing her pup ever since.

    "She wanted this family member back in her life no matter what," the City of Arlington Animal Services wrote in a Facebook post. 

    Do Pets Grieve?Do Pets Grieve?

    Animal experts say pets often process loss in a manner similar to humans. In a recent newsletter published by the Funeral Consumer Alliance of Maine, researcher Jessica Pierce says a growing body of research into 'animal thanatology' suggests common pets such as dogs and cats seem to share with humans many behavioral reactions to death, such as mourning and rituals of farewell, NBC affiliate WCSH reports.

    "When one of them dies and another one is left behind they often, people will report, the one left behind won't eat as much or will just seem depressed, or will walk around the house looking for their friend," Pierce says.

    (Published Thursday, June 6, 2019)

    On Monday, someone found a very matted ball of fur roaming the streets of Arlington and brought her in to the city's animal shelter. When shelter employees scanned the dog to see if she had a microchip, they hit the jackpot.

    Stolen Dog Reunited With Family After Two YearsStolen Dog Reunited With Family After Two Years

    The shelter called Templin and said she "became extremely emotional about her Suzy being found." Templin rushed to the shelter to be reunited with her four-legged family member.

    "Tears filled the room as Ms. Templin walked into the room where Suzy was being held and called her name, 'Suzy!' Tears filled her eyes as Ms. Templin picked Suzy up in her arms, Suzy licked all of her tears away," wrote Arlington Animal Services.

    Templin responded to the post, writing in a comment: "I cannot turn off my happy tears." She also wrote that Suzy needed "serious" grooming and to get shots.

    Arlington Animal Services noted the role Suzy's microchip played in tracking down her owner and stressed the importance of microchipping pets.

    "Thank goodness for the microchip!!!" they wrote.

    According to the American Kennel Club, one in three pets become lost at some point in their lives, and having a microchip implant dramatically increases the likelihood of locating the pet's owner. That's because the grain of rice-sized radio-frequency identification transponder carries a unique ID number that is registered with all your relevant contact information. The chip is injected under the pet's loose skin and the AKC said it is no more invasive than a vaccination.

    NBC 5's Holley Ford contributed to this report.

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