Dog lost nearly 2 years ago returned to Mesa owner

Dog lost nearly 2 years ago returned to Mesa owner

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A family dog, missing for two years, has been found by Phoenix Police. He ran away during a spring storm and the family thought he was gone forever until they got a call from the cops.

"I never would have thought this in a million years. Ever," says Jessica Rowe.

Jessica Rowe and Buddy's reunion was more special than she could have ever imagined. Little Buddy ran away in May of 2011.

Now he's back, almost two years later, as healthy as ever thanks to two Phoenix Police officers.

"A little dog ran out into the road and collided with the rear of my patrol vehicle," says Phoenix Police Officer Don Martin. "Got out and checked the little fella and he was still alive."

Officers Don Martin and Mim Cohane took little Buddy to the vet and paid to have him fixed up.

"I think that you give credit where credit is due and that is awesome, that's really going above and beyond," says Rowe.

"I fell in love with him, almost took him home myself if we couldn't find the owner. Luckily the owner showed up and they're reunited," says Officer Cohane.

Officers used the dog's microchip for info on his owner.

"But the chip had old data it in. We used Glendale PD to go out to the old address and left a note and from that note the people at that address were related to the owner of the dog," says Officer Martin.

"From running away in Mesa to be found in Phoenix two years later, it's amazing," says Officer Cohane.

Rowe remembers the day she lost him and how hard she tried to find little Buddy.

"I was 8 months pregnant so I chased him to the best of my abilities before he got out of sight, after that we put fliers, checked pounds."

Nothing worked.

Flash forward -- he'd been living in another city this whole time with a man who'd found him roaming the streets.

"This is what makes it worthwhile, these different things that make a difference in someone's life," says Officer Martin.

Phoenix Police say if there's something to be learned here it's to update your information on your chip.

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