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Lost Dog Reunited With Owner After 7 Years Thanks to Microchipping

Photo of Scooby from the Pasadena Humane Society
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An adorable cocker spaniel named Scooby has been reunited with his owner after he disappeared seven years ago.

The Pasadena Humane Society said the healthy (if shaggy) 9-year-old dog was discovered wandering around Arcadia this January. Initially its workers couldn't find a microchip anywhere on him, according to the Pasadena Star-News.


Photo of shaggy Scooby before his haircut from the Pasadena Humane Society
It turns out Scooby needed a haircut. Once his fur was sheared, groomers found the microchip that identified where his old owners used to live. The Pasadena Humane Society doesn't give out information about pet owners, but it gave no indication that Scooby made a long journey like this NYC cat that turned up in Colorado.

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Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a bill this fall that would require microchipping dogs and cats who pass through shelters, because he said the program was too costly.