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Discovery of dog who was lost for 7 years leaves one family heartbroken

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Seven years ago, a little Maltese disappeared from his family's home in Texas, and last weekend he resurfaced thousands of miles away in Tacoma, Wash., reported Wednesday's KENS5 News.

The amazing discovery, made possible by the dog's implanted microchip, created tears of joy for the Texas family who lost him in 2007 and tears of heartache for the Washington state family who had adopted him over six years ago from a shelter.

To the family in Spanaway, Wash., the dog was known as "Harley." Just months after he disappeared from his Texas family, he ended up in an animal shelter in Mesquite, Texas, where Kelli Davis's family adopted him; the family was advised that the little dog was an owner surrender.

The family moved from Texas to Washington and recently, Harley escaped from the house when Kelli Davis' toddler unlatched a door. The distraught family quickly putting up fliers and scoured the area, but Harley, originally known as "Reese," had been picked up and scanned for a microchip - the information on that chip linked him to the Miller family, who still lives in Texas.

The Millers are overjoyed that Reese has been found and returned to them, but the Davis family is in a state of mourning...Harley had been a member of their family for years and now they will likely never see him again.

Kelli Davis said:

I don't know what to do. We just lost a part of our family,"

Though the Davis family wants their pet back, the Millers, though sympathetic, have no intention of letting that happen; thanks to the microchip in Reese's body, the Millers do not have to relinquish ownership of the dog who is considered to be family to two different families.

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