Indianapolis woman reunited with dog years after it was stolen

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 19, 2015) -- It was a heartwarming reunion between a central Indiana woman and her pit bull. The woman says her dog was stolen from her backyard in April 2012, but thanks to the fact that her dog was microchipped, the two are back together.

Microchipping is easy, and one veterinarian says every two to four weeks a pet is reunited with its owner at his animal hospital.

The microchip inside her 6-year-old pit bull, Princess, led to the heartfelt reunion that owner Nicole Fogleman dreamed of.

"I started just bawling," Fogleman said. "I couldn't contain myself."

Princess was found far from her home in Hancock County and it was the animal control people there who called Fogleman on Wednesday.

"At first I was real leary about it, I'm like, 'If this is a joke, this is not funny 'cause this is my baby,'" she said.

It wasn't a joke, it was real, and three years after she was stolen, Fogleman and her four-legged Princess are together. Dr. Mark Petersman at VCA Animal Hospital on West 86th Street in Indianapolis says the microchip is the length of a dime and looks like a grain of rice.

"Just a needle, just like an injection, usually goes right behind the shoulder blade, pinch up the skin, goes in, inject it, right back out," Petersman said as he demonstrated the process.

Once the injection has been made, he confirms it's in with a device that reads the chip's number. You attach your contact information to it and it goes into a database.

"First thing we always do, of course, is to check for a microchip. We always scan the animal front to back, see if there's a microchip in them. If there is, we can usually reunite them with the owners that evening," Petersman said.

It's made Fogleman a believer of microchipping.

"You should most definitely chip your animal," she said.

Veterinarians suggest having your pets microchipped as early as possible. It can cost as much as $50, but it can be less or free depending on where you go. Experts also recommend making sure your contact information is current.

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