PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — As freezing temperatures chilled most of the country, a warm rekindling happened at the Portsmouth Human Society on Thursday afternoon.
“This is going to be such a heartwarming story in the middle of the polar vortex,” said executive director Babs Zukowski.
The shelter accepts animals found by others including Portsmouth Animal Control.
This week, officers were called out to a home where a yorkie was found wandering the streets.
Officer C. McLeod says they got the dog and scanned for a microchip, which it had. She was surprised by the conversation she had with the owner, who’s number it was registered under.
“He said no, it’s been missing for 10 years,” she said.
That man, Clevon Roberts and his daughter Kiana, came to be reunited with the yorkie, Angel, Thursday.
Roberts says his kids usually let Angel out but she would always come back in.
One day she didn’t, so they alerted animal control, put up flyers, and searched the neighborhood, according to Roberts.
“I didn’t think we would see her again. It’s almost like a miracle,” he said.
His daughter drove down from VCU to see the dog for the first time in years.
“It’s just so surreal to see a dog you would never see again appear after like seven years. It’s crazy,”’ she said through tears.
The Roberts took Angel home one more time after being reunited.
“I’m feeling excited about it. I guess she’s been on a tour around the world,” he laughed.
Zukowski and McLeod believe that someone was taking care of Angel while she was gone because her teeth are clean and her fur isn’t matted.
Both say this is a great example why pet owners should get their animals microchipped.