An animal control officer (ACO) with the Stoughton, Massachusetts, Police Department recently reunited a Yorkie with its owner after it was stolen 11 years ago in Boston.
ACO Michelle Carlos initially responded to calls of a Yorkie running loose on Record Street. The dog appeared neglected, so Carlos fed and bathed it. She then located a microchip on the dog that revealed that his name was Rex, he was 12 years old and he belonged to a woman named Marzena Niejadlik out of Boston.
“Seems like a happy ending right? Oh no, we haven’t even gotten to the good part yet,” Stoughton P.D. wrote on its Facebook page.
When Carlos contacted Niejadlik to notify her that she had Rex, she was shocked.
According to police, Niejadlik bought Rex 11 years ago after her younger brother passed away unexpectedly.
“We were all devastated, and I was thinking a dog would bring some cure to my family, especially my mom,” she said. “I gave him to her for her birthday and unfortunately, he was stolen a few months later, so that was another tragedy.”
“He snuck out between the legs when someone was leaving the house for a moment and we had a witness that someone pulled over and took him from the street,” Niejadlik said.
Police described the reunion as an “incredible ending” worthy of a Hollywood movie.
“We were really hoping one day it would happen and finally it did, we had to wait a lot, but it’s amazing,” Niejadlik said after taking a photo with Carlos and Rex.
She has since introduced Rex to her children and treated the dog for medical issues.
“ACO Carlos would like to stress the importance of microchipping your pets,” police said. “This reunification is one for the ages and wouldn’t have happened without this technology!”