Family, Dog Reunited After 5 Years
Shakira the Siberian Husky showed up in Illinois
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff | Suggested by M Kline
Posted Oct 8, 2012 6:30 PM CDT
Updated Oct 13, 2012 6:46 AM CDT
Not Shakira, but a Siberian Husky nonetheless.   (©)

(Newser) – Shakira the Siberian Husky went missing from her Georgia home almost five years ago, but she was just reunited with her owners thanks to a $15 microchip, reports the Chicago Tribune. Shakira turned up at a Georgia animal shelter, where she might have been euthanized, and from there arrived at the Free Spirit Siberian Husky Rescue in Illinois on August 11. Free Spirit had an adoption set up for the dog it called "Kathy" when the organization discovered the Husky's microchip, and its founder called county officials to set up the reunion.

Owner Heather Jackson was so happy, she and her brother arranged to drive 700 miles overnight to the McHenry County Animal Control to pick up the 6-year-old dog. Immediately after getting Shakira, Jackson drove the 14 hours back so that she could go to work—and, of course, reunite her three children with their dog.

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Oct 13, 2012 11:04 AM CDT
600 miles away!!! Dang, did the dog visit Moscow?
Oct 9, 2012 9:52 PM CDT
why are people too lazy to buy a collar with a tag? After my dog gets groomed he will go pawing for his collar. He knows it means he has a home. Its really quite endearing.
Oct 9, 2012 9:54 AM CDT if shelters/animal control are not scanning for microchips then whats the point? I have one in my dog but if nobody scans her then it's useless. I'd be heartbroken if a shelter let someone else adopt her and I'd certainly sue (probably strangle) anyone who failed to scan her and then decided to put her down. If the chips are relatively affordable then the scanners should not be too much either; its not like they actually encode anything, they just read information off an RFID chip.