By Alan Shope, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
MERRIAM, KS (KCTV) -
A family spent months searching for their stolen dog, only to resign themselves to never being reunited with her.
But a microchip and a gracious family led to Molly the husky being reunited this week with her rightful owners.
The family said Molly was stolen from their Shawnee home seven months ago. Molly was later found in the Northland by another family who said the dog was "skin and bones."
The family cared for Molly, not realizing she had a family in Shawnee desperately looking for her.
Then on Thursday, Molly slipped out of her collar and escaped. Animal control picked her up and took her to the Great Plains SPCA, which checked to see if she had a microchip.
Molly's family in Shawnee was overjoyed to get the news. At the same time, the Northland woman was calling shelters to see if they had her dog.
Rachel Hodgson of the Great Plains SPCA said the woman was gracious when told that the dog had been found but had been stolen from the Shawnee family. She said the woman did the right thing and came to say her goodbyes.
The Shawnee woman and her daughter then had an emotional reunion with Molly.
"I'm still in shock," Byrdia Nelson said.
Nelson said her 10-year-old was especially upset when Molly was lost. She said Molly's litter mate, Max, would be overjoyed to be reunited with Molly.
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Thursday, August 28 2014 9:44 PM EDT2014-08-29 01:44:10 GMT
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