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Texas dog found after seven years is loved by two families

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A Maltese lost in Tyler, Texas seven years ago has been found in Tacoma, Washington. The dog, originally named Reese, was found by the side of the road this week and successfully scanned for a microchip.

When Reese disappeared from Tyler, his family, the Millers, spent months searching for him. Now he is back with his original family, thanks to United Airline's staff who helped Reese jet back to Texas. There is a video of Reese reuniting with his family as reported by KHOU in Houston.

However, there is more to the story. Reese was adopted from a shelter in Mesquite, Texas seven years ago. Mesquite is over eighty miles from Tyler. The Mesquite shelter labeled the dog as an "owner surrender." It is a common clerical error made by shelter staff. Of course it may be that someone had Reese for a short period and was considered the owner by the shelter. What is important is the family who next adopted Reese also loved him very much.

That adopting family, the Davises, named Reese, "Harley" and had him and loved him for seven years. Their little girl has just figured out how to open the door and she let Harley out. The family had been looking and posting flyers, when Harley turned up on the news.

They have posted on FaceBook to let people know that they adopted Harley as an owner surrender. Their vet did not have a scanner at the time and they assumed the dog was not chipped. Their posts show they are clearly devastated and want Harley back, but they are relieved to find out he is safe.

State law is murky when it comes to dog ownership. This is particularly true of Texas. Some municipalities have code specifying that dogs become shelter property if not claimed within a few days and some have no code. Microchips are the best proof of ownership.

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