A 10-year-old Yorkie has turned up in Indianapolis six years after he disappeared from his comfortable home in Austin, Texas, reports WTHR in Indianapolis.
A kind passerby saw the forlorn Yorkie on an Indianapolis sidewalk earlier this week and took pity on the poor pup. She brought the matted, hungry and flea-bitten pooch to Post Road Vet Clinic, hoping someone would claim him.
One of the first things clinicians look for in a found animal is an identification microchip.
“Looking at him when he came in, we were like, ‘He is not going to be chipped,’ because he was covered in fleas, looked terrible, his teeth were terrible,” vet tech Diana Redmond told WTHR.
When the clinicians scanned for the chip, they were surprised to learn the pup was not only registered, but that he disappeared from Austin, Texas, six years ago. They called the phone number attached to the identification and the dog’s owners were ecstatic to learn their dog was found.
The vet clinicians learned the dog’s name is Bailey.
Family photos show that Bailey had a great life. He was the ring bearer in his owner’s wedding. He made himself at home with his family’s new baby.
A lot has changed back home. Bailey’s owners had one child when he left — now they have three. Soon, he will be reunited with his family.
“We actually have someone who is traveling to Austin Thursday night, so she will take him with her,” Danielle Beck of Indy Lost Pet Alert told WTHR.
The key to this homecoming was the microchip.
“It is rare for a dog to be missing for six years and be secured with a microchip,” Beck told the television station.