Missing dog found 800 miles away after 3 years

August 28, 2012 4:38:15 AM PDT
An Oregon family has been reunited with their dog three years after she went missing.

Sara lived with the Riccitti family near Salem for the first three years of her life. But in 2010, she ran away from the house of a family friend.

Last week, the Riccittis got a call from a veterinary clinic in Kearns, Utah, more than 800 miles away.

Someone found Sara wandering alone in a canyon, and the staff traced her home through a microchip.

"It was so unbelievable, I was in incredible shock," Kristin Riccitti said. "I didn't ask if the dog was healthy or anything. I just got her name and number and said, let me call my husband and see what we can work out."

The new problem became getting Sara home. The Riccittis went to Facebook to try and organize a relay caravan. Finally, some friends of friends agreed to bring Sara to Oregon.

Last week, she finally returned home.

The family says Sara didn't just act like she remembered, she seemed eager to get back to all those tummy rubs, walks and tug-of-war.

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