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Dog reunited with family after 2-year journey across state lines

Posted at 4:36 PM, May 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-03 21:30:36-04

A family from California had an incredible reunion with their dog Wednesday when she showed up in Las Vegas two years after she ran away from home.

Bella, a poodle mix, lived with Claudia Navarrete and her son Jesse Briones in Victorville, California.

When Bella ran away, they thought they'd never see her again.

They finally were able to bring her home after she turned up Tuesday at Cheyenne West Animal Hospital.

"I actually just threw her tags away like two weeks ago," Navarrete said.

The hospital tracked down Bella's owner using the microchip implanted in her.

Since they were separated, Navarrete had a son, Isaiah. He met Bella for the first time Wednesday.

"It's just wonderful to have a pet reunited with their family after two years," said Carolyn Lawrence, the hospital administrator. "It's just a miraculous story in our eyes."

Lawrence says Bella's microchip being up-to-date made the reunion possible.

She says when pet owners get a chip, it's only effective if they register it with the company and keep their contact information current.