Runaway Texas dog found 3 years later in Arizona

A basset hound who ran away from its home in Fort Hood, Texas three years ago was reunited with its owner's family after it was found in Arizona earlier this month.

The Daily Courier reports the dog, named Molly, was found July 7 running wild in Prescott. Prescott Valley Police Department Animal Control officers found a microchip in Molly, which identified her owner as a member of the U.S. military stationed at Fort Hood.

The pup's owner told the officers her dog had ran away in 2009 while it was staying at a friend's house because she was deployed.

"The owner contacted her family members in Tucson who responded immediately to retrieve Molly," Prescott Valley Police Sgt. Brandon Bonney told The Daily Courier.

Molly's owner says she will pick the dog up when she returns from her latest assignment.

"This is a success story that highlights the need to better identify our pets," Bonney told the paper. "To many, pets are a member of the family. In addition to a well-marked collar, a microchip is an invaluable means for identifying lost pets."

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