By Bev Hahler on This Dish Is Veg
Last week Brad and Amy Davis received a surprising phone call - their family dog who had been missing for 7 years had been found over 400 miles away from their Michigan home. Jake, then a 9 month old Weimaraner, had been stolen from their backyard the day after Thanksgiving in 2003 by thieves who had left his collar behind.
Despite the fact that Jake had a microchip, and that the family offered a reward for his return, the Davises had no news of his whereabouts until a recovery specialist from the American Kennel Club Companion Animal Recovery (AKC CAR) called to say Jake's microchip had been scanned at the Esthill County Animal Shelter in Ravenna, Kentucky. Jake is now back in Michigan and is settling back into family life.
For the past two years the AKC has been tracking the rising trend of pet thefts across America, and according to their National Pet Theft Database (based on customer and media reports), around 177 pets have been stolen so far in 2010, compared to 162 last year and 71 in 2008. Despite the thefts however, pets with permanent identification, like Jake, can be traced back to their original owners.
"When the shelter staff contacted us I was really glad we had the family's updated information in our database," said Phyllis Arsenault, the recovery specialist who handled Jake's case. "When I spoke to Brad, he was ecstatic about his dog's return."
"We are thrilled to reunite the Davises and Jake after all these years," said Tom Sharp, CEO of AKC CAR. "Jake's homecoming demonstrates how important it is for pet owners to first verify their pet's microchip is enrolled in a pet recovery service like AKC CAR that charges no annual fees or record update fees, and second, to make sure their contact information is always up-to-date."
For more information on AKC CAR's microchip and lifetime recovery service call 1-800-252-7894 or go to akccar.org.