Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – A miniature fox terrier that got lost in South Florida in 2007 was found this week almost 1,000 miles away in Pittsburgh and was reunited with its owner on Friday.
The 14-year-old dog named Dutchess was found under a hungry shed, shaking and in urgent need of a nail cut, according to the Humane Animal Rescue organization.
The owner of the property took the dog to a Humane Animal Rescue center, where staff was able to locate a microchip and track its owners in Boca Raton, Florida.RELATED
The dog's owner, Katheryn Strang, drove to Pittsburgh for the emotional reunion with Dutchess.
Boca Raton is approximately 1,130 miles from Pittsburgh.
Strang said that when he received the call, he could not believe that his dog had been found after so many years.
He added that his son opened the door a day after school, Dutchess got out and never saw her again. At that time they lived in Orlando near a busy street and assumed that the dog was run over or that someone took her away.
In the weeks that followed the disappearance of Dutchess, he visited shelters daily and continued to pay the annual microchip fee, as well as updating his contact information each time he moved.
“They are like our babies. You don't lose hope, ”he said at a press conference after meeting Dutchess.
While he kissed and hugged his lost pet so many years ago, he whispered to the dog: "Where have you been?"