Dog ‘stolen from garden’ six years ago returned to family in tearful reunion

A mother and daughter that lost their dog six years ago are overjoyed after he turned up over a thousand miles away in Florida.

King, a chihuahua mix, was believed to have been stolen from the Vasquez family’s back garden in San Antonio, Texas, in 2014.

Despite a desperate search, the Vasquezes were unable to find their missing pup and thought he was lost forever: “We legit thought he was gone,” daughter Danae Vasquez told local radio station WPLG.

It’s a mystery how King – aged 15 – ended up in Florida. A woman there had reportedly taken the little dog in after a neighbour had told her he could no longer care for it.

The family reported King missing in 2014.
(Image: Humane Society of Broward County)

She took King to the Humane Society in Broward County, Florida and they checked him for a microchip. It was then that they contacted the Vasquezes back in Texas.

“They called and said Danae, King is alive. I was so confused,” Danae said. “They said he is in Florida right now. We were crying. I asked, “How do we get him back?””

The family drove 20 hours from their home in San Antonio Texas to Florida to be reunited with their long-lost pet.

King had ended up more than 1,300 miles away, in Broward County, Florida.
(Image: Humane Society of Broward County)

At a tearful reunion Danae and her mother hugged King and thanked the Humane Society for their help in bringing him back to them.

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Danae said the society’s staff had given their own personal time to help reunite them with King: “They kept us updated 24/7. Communicating with us even when they weren’t even at work,” she said.

Her mother Deborah cried tears of joy as she added: “He still looks the same, just a little white…

“So happy to have him back in the family where he belongs.”

Both they and the Humane Society stressed that this was a demonstration of the importance of microchipping your pets.