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Dog Reunited With Family After 5 Years

Beagle returns to Queens home after turning up at Georgia shelter
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 15, 2008 2:05 PM CDT
Dog Reunited With Family After 5 Years
A beagle, the same breed as Rocco, who was reunited with his family after 5 years.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A Queens family experienced its own version of the Incredible Journey last weekend when it was reunited with a beagle puppy after 5 years—and more than 850 miles, reports the New York Post. No one knows where Rocco's travels took him in the interim, but when he turned up at a Georgia shelter his implanted chip pointed to the Villacis family and 11-year-old Natalie—who never gave up hope her puppy would return.

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"I don't think he recognized me, but I told him I loved him as much as always," said 11-year-old Natalie Villacis of her long-lost pooch. "Rocco seemed a little confused, but happy. He looked at me like, 'I don't know who you are, but I love you, too.' " (Read more dog stories.)

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