Stolen dog missing for five years reunited with family in New Jer

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I’m not crying, you’re crying!

In 2017, Bandit, an adorable Shih Tzu, was stolen from his home. If you do the math, that was over 5 years ago. Eventually he ended up in an animal shelter in Newark and he was in bad shape. Here’s the before and after…

Photo credit: Humane Society Facebook

Photo credit: Humane Society Facebook

After a bath, some medical care, and a good old-fashioned TLC..

Photo credit: Humane Society Facebook

Photo credit: Humane Society Facebook

When he arrived at the Associated Humane Popcorn Park shelter, Bandit was frail, matted and had terrible eye problems. He had obviously been through hell and back. After treating him, the health workers noticed that he actually had a microchip!

Bandit’s family has reported him missing to no avail so far. On that faithful day Bandit was scanned, his pet parents received the amazing news that he had been found.

The owners were in tears and rushed to retrieve their long lost friend.

Obviously, the microchip changed everything and is the reason for the happy ending. I hope they spoil this poor baby (I’m sure they will)!

If you are not microchipping your pet, you can visit The Associated Humane Societies Newark Animal Shelter for their “Newark Pet Wellness Day” on Saturday, March 26.and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can get a free microchip for your dog! You can also call your local Humane Society to see if there is a microchip service offered near you.

I’m so curious if Bandit recognized his family when he saw them and heard their voices right away or if it took a while. I’ll try to get in touch with the family and see if they’ll join us on the Jersey Shore Morning Show. What a happy ending! You can read more about the original story here.

Here are some more adorable Jersey Shore dogs…

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There are the smartest dog breeds…

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Is the breed of your faithful pup on the list? Read on to see if you’ll be bragging to the neighbors about your dog’s intellectual prowess the next time you walk your fur baby. Don’t worry: Even if your dog’s breed isn’t on the list, it doesn’t mean he’s not a good boy – some traits just can’t be measured.

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