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Stolen Dog Found Four Years Later Over 1200 Miles Away

Make Sure Your Dog Is Microchipped!

As the family was getting ready to go to church on Easter Sunday in 2012, Jessica Urbina of Mesquite, Texas, let her dog out into the back yard.  She felt safe because the yard was completely fenced in.  The dog couldn’t get out .

bam bam as a puppy

Bam Bam as a puppy

Little did she know that it would be the last time she would see her four-year-old Shih Tzu named Bam Bam. When they got home from church the dog was gone. Someone had stolen her little dog.

They found out later that a number of Shih Tzu’s had been stolen from the area around the same time. They were devastated. They searched the neighborhood, put up posters with his picture, called the local shelter and other pet adoption agencies in the area but no luck.

“I just never thought I’d hear anything from him ever again,” she said.

Then, two weeks ago, Urbina received a call from the Siena Animal Hospital in Las Vegas, asking if she’d recently lost a dog.

Lynne Fichter, a receptionist at the animal hospital, said a good Samaritan found the dog and dropped him off. He was scanned for a microchip and Urbina’s name popped up.

“They were like, ‘Are you sure you don’t live in Mesquite, Nevada?'” Urbina said.

The animal hospital told Urbina someone probably took him to use to breed, and that two people have since tried to claim the dog, but the hospital would not give him up to anyone but her.

This kind of reunion doesn’t happen often, but is “a wonderful thing,” Fichter said.

“Microchips are probably one of the best investments anybody could make, because tags fall off, and it’s proof that the dog belonged to her and that this is the same dog,” she said.

Urbina sent photos to the animal hospital for confirmation, opened a case up with the microchip company, and soon the dog was on a United flight back to DFW.

reunited with her stolen dog

Reunited at airport

A couple months after Bam Bam was stolen, Jessica got a new Shih Tzu and named him Pebbles. She hopes the two get along.

Check out the video of their reception below, and please use the buttons on this page to share this wonderful article with all your dog loving friends.

Thanks to The Dallas Morning News for printing this heartwarming story.