Arlington, VA

A stray dog was captured and returned to his owner in Arlington this week, but not without a bit of drama.

The large, black German Shepherd had an embedded microchip that’s supposed to tell animal control officers how to contact its owner. But the chip’s information was out of date — leading back to a registered owner in South Carolina who was no longer there.

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington (AWLA) consulted a local directory and eventually found the owner living in Arlington. The man and his dog were then, at last, reunited.

The incident prompted the AWLA to issue to a reminder for pet owners.

“The League would like to remind owners to notify the microchip company that holds the database when their information has changed,” the organization said.

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