H-NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Jan 31, 2013 10:43 AM by Associated Press

Dog returns home after more than four years

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) - A San Francisco Bay area family has been reunited with its dog more than four years after he went missing.

The Palo Alto Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/YlpDcp) that Oreo - a black and white Boston terrier - was spotted on Tuesday near a public storage facility in Daly City and taken to the Peninsula Humane Society's San Mateo shelter.

A microchip planted under his skin helped track down his owners.

Brandon Springer told the newspaper Oreo belonged to his grandmother, who died last May. The dog had escaped from a yard when a gate was left open four and a half years ago, and the family thought it was gone for good.

Springer says Oreo was suffering from a dislocated hip and broken kneecap. But he was otherwise disease free, indicating he had been cared for.

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