An Orange County dog was reunited with her family after being missing for more than a year because of a microchip.
Orange County Animal Services says Reesi, a 5-year-old female Scottish Terrier mix, was reunited with her dad after being lost for 15 months when she was brought to Animal Services as a stray on Sunday.
Officials scanned Reesi for a microchip and when they found one, they were able to contact her owner, William Waldorf, who drove from St. Petersburg to get her.
“My family and I were moving from DeBary and had someone watch our dog during the move. The babysitter told us Reesi ran away,” Waldorf told Animal Services.
Waldorf said he adopted Reesi from a rescue group approximately 4 years ago.
“My family and I put up lost dog fliers, updated Reesi’s microchip information with our new address and tried everything possible to find her. We ran into a dead end and there was nothing else we could do," he said. “The chip program does work and I’m so happy to have Reesi back."
Pet owners can get their pets microchipped for $15 at Animal Services’ clinic from Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.