BORGER, TX (CTRC) — The Baytown family is about to be reunited with a long-lost four-legged member who was taken from their own home nearly five years ago.
Animal control officials in Borger, Texas, which is more than 600 miles from the Panhandle, said a German shepherd named Sheba was discovered on Monday in a town of just over 12,500 people.
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So how did the animal control officers connect the missing dog to the one that went missing all this time? They noted a key tool that all pet owners highly recommend giving their dogs.
“(Animal Control Officer) scanned the animal and determined that it did indeed have a chip,” Borger said in a press release. “He looked up the owner information in the microchip database and contacted the owner. Much to his surprise, the owner stated that the animal had been stolen from Baytown, Texas (over 4 years) ago!”
The release went on to say that the owner was thrilled and thrilled to hear the news that his missing animal had been found after all this time.
Eyewitness News met with Sheba’s family in January 2018, when the wound from the loss of a beloved family member was still fresh.
At the time, Baytown authorities were dealing with at least five dog thefts in two months, three of which occurred in dog yards.
The Maelstrom family lost Sheba, then 2 years old, when she approached a stranger in a pickup truck.
“You see the truck slowly drive by and stop,” said Sheba owner Stephanie Malstrom, pointing to CCTV footage of the dog abduction. “She is such a loving animal. She walked straight towards him, thinking she was going for a ride. And she didn’t come back.”
Maelstrom also pointed to Sheba’s microchip, pleading for her return.
“We will not ask any questions or pursue anything. Just take her to a humane shelter where her microchip will be scanned, or drop her off next door and she will find her way home on her own,” Maelström said.
The press release says Borger Animal Control is working to get the animal back home to its rightful owner.
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