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Dog lost in Virginia 8 years ago found in California animal shelter

December 3, 2011 |  9:26 am

A stray dog brought to a Northern California animal shelter turned out to have been reported missing in Virginia eight years ago.

Now, officials are planning a reunion between the long-lost dog and her grateful owners.

Around Thanksgiving in 2003, Petunia, then 3 years old, walked away from her family’s farm in Virginia. The family conducted a large search, but never found her.

Petunia somehow ended up in Yuba County, north of Sacramento, at the Animal Care Services Shelter.

After a physical exam, the stray was scanned for a microchip.

The chip contained information about a veterinarian clinic in Virginia. The clinic was able to confirm the chip was registered to an American Staffordshire terrier, and contacted the owners.

Workers at the Yuba County Animal Care Services Shelter talked with Petunia’s owner, and after a photographic match, are working to get her home in time for Christmas.

--Sam Cohen, Fox 40 Sacramento