On February 10th, the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office, located 130 kilometers east of San Francisco, received a call about a stray dog that had been dumped from a vehicle at a rural property outside Stockton, California.


Then, an animal services officer Brandon Levin scanned the dog’s microchip and analyzed the details. They found that her name is Zoey and she had been missing since 2010. Zoey was found approximately 60 miles(96 kilometers) away from her family home in Lafayette.


On Friday, the Sheriff’s Office uploaded a video on their Facebook page that shows an unbelievable reunion. After going missing for 12 years, Zoey, the pet dog is now reunited with her family in California.


“I definitely didn’t expect this to ever happen so I’m really excited,” said Zoey’s owner Michelle.

Dog once declared deceased is reunited with owner in California after going missing 12 years ago
Zoey is reunited with her family after being missing for 12 years.(Instagram: San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office)


Zoey had been missing for the past 12 years. After waiting for 5 years, the microchip company declared her as deceased in 2015, said San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office.

Officer Brandon Levin got her owner’s contact details and address from the chip company after scanning. Then the officer informed Michelle, Zoey’s owner. “She was in complete shock,” said Brandon Levin.


“We got her and her twin sister from the pound when they were six months old, she was with us for about six months,” said Michelle

“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,” she said.


Luckily, Zoey’s family still lived at the same address. This allowed them to be reunited easily.


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