FORT WAYNE, Indiana (WANE) – A dog recently handed over to Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control (FWACC) has tracked down his former owner who came from Florida to bring him home.
Capone arrived at FWACC on Monday after its current owners returned it. They had recently moved to the area from Florida.
“Just like we do with all animals, we checked for the presence of an electronic chip. A lot of times we find that the microchip goes back to a previous owner or, you know, maybe it was found somewhere and has since been relocated. So we always do it as a guarantee, ”said Holly Pasquinelli, Community Relations and Education Specialist at FWACC.
When Capone’s chip was scanned, she directed the shelter to a woman living in Florida.
“We said ‘we have your dog. We are in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It is at the shelter, and you are the legal owner because your information is linked to the microchip. Would you like to get it back or here is the way, ”Pasquinelli said.
The woman immediately told the shelter she would pick him up and started traveling from the Sunshine State to Fort Wayne.
When she arrived, Pasquinelli said Capone immediately recognized her former owner and she started to cry.
“It was just a very happy time,” Pasquinelli said.
The shelter provided Capone’s owner with supplies to make the trip back to Florida more comfortable.
“Before she could even put anything in the car, he was in the back of the car like, ‘Let’s go!’,” Pasquinelli said.
She added that this was the longest distance traveled to retrieve her pet since working there and proves the power of a microchip.
The FWACC would like to remind owners to have their pets chipped in case they get lost. The refuge offers microchips for only $ 15. For more information, visit the FWACC website.