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Two Lost Dogs Reunited With Owner Thanks to Microchips

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Washoe County Regional Animal Services is crediting microchips for reuniting two lost dogs with their owner earlier this week. 

Authorities say two young German Shepherds, five-month-old Lulu and six-month-old Jack Jack were found Tuesday afternoon in the wilderness area north of Peavine Mountain west of Cold Springs about 10 miles away from home.

Owner Joyce Huet says the dogs must have got out sometime in the morning, after she and her husband had left for work, and that she was amazed by the amount of distance they covered in such a short time. "Just the thought of losing ‘Lulu' and ‘Jack Jack' is devastating," she said. "Without those microchips, we might not have seen them again. As it is, the whole family is loving having our dogs back home." 

"Time and time again microchips have proven themselves as the most effective and efficient means for getting pets home," Regional Animal Services Director Barry Brode said. "In many cases, pets are returned to their homes without ever having to be brought to the shelter."

Through the end of January 2016, free microchips will be available from Regional Animal Services. They are located at 2825-A Longley Lane and hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  (excluding holidays).

"We encourage all pet owners, even those who think their pets never leave home, to take advantage of this free service," Brode said.

Once microchipped, Animal Services encourages pet owners to register their microchip online at homeagain.com to ensure proper identification if the pet should ever become lost outside of Washoe County.

For more information please visit www.washoeanimals.com.

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