A stray dog brought to a Northern California animal shelter turned out to have been reported missing in Virginia eight years ago.
Now, officials are planning a reunion between the long-lost dog and her grateful owners.
Around Thanksgiving in 2003, Petunia, then 3 years old, walked away from her family’s farm in Virginia. The family conducted a large search, but never found her.
Petunia somehow ended up in Yuba County, north of Sacramento, at the Animal Care Services Shelter.
After a physical exam, the stray was scanned for a microchip.