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Dog reunited with owner 5 years after going missing

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A dog-gone story with a happy ending -- five years in the making -- was announced Thursday by the county Department of Animal Services.

A Chihuahua found wandering in the street in Golden Hill on Saturday was scanned for a microchip, which resulted in a reunion with her owner.

"Cookie" vanished from Alejandro Pantoja's Chula Vista residence five years ago, and it is unknown how she made it from the South Bay up close to downtown San Diego.

Dawn Danielson, director of Animal Services, said the happy ending shows the importance of micro-chipping and registering pets.

"Having your animal micro-chipped is a painless procedure that truly does ensure your pet has a ticket home," Danielson said.

Microchips are available at the three county animal shelters on Thursday between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The pets need to be licensed first.

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