Here’s taking a breather from the world of politics to relay this column in the Elmira Star-Gazette over the weekend about how a dog was returned to its owners three years later.
Simply put, a microchip in the dog, Roxie, was found at another owner’s house in the Southern Tier three years after the dog went missing. The animal control office found the dog and returned it to its original owner.
Roxie’s story has as many twists and turns as a good Agatha Christie novel.
The mystery surfaced recently when Schuyler County animal control officer Renee Hatch visited a home that she had previously cited for having numerous dogs that weren’t licensed or vaccinated.
During the check, the owner mentioned that one of the dogs — a Labrador retriever mix — had a microchip, clearly indicating it had a previous owner.
Intrigued, Hatch took the dog to a vet to have the microchip scanned. That’s where the story really got interesting.
“It came back to a woman named Gail Brewer, who at that time lived in Trumansburg in Tompkins County,” Hatch said. “I got authorization from my supervisor to drive to the person’s house. I came to a dead end. I did a Google search but didn’t come up with anything.”
Three months later, the dog and the owner were reunited.