A loving dog named Zoey has been reunited with her owners in California after being missing for 12 years.
Zoey had been dumped from a vehicle at a rural property near Stockton and was found by someone who called police, saying she seemed old and ill.
Animal service officers scanned the dog’s microchip and discovered she had been missing since 2010.
“I definitely didn’t expect this to ever happen so I’m really excited,” said Zoey’s owner Michelle.
Zoey had been missing for so long that the microchip company listed her as dead since 2015, San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office said.
Zoey was found about 60 miles from where she had gone missing in 2010, her family said.
“We went to the store for about 20 minutes and came back and she was missing. I’m excited to hopefully bring her back, get her healthy and let her live the rest of her life,” Michelle said.