Owner of lost dog microchipped in Japan found
The owner of a 4-year-old Beagle found last week with a microchip registered in Japan has been found, the Humane Society of Southern Arizona said Monday
The beagle was expected to be reunited with the Phoenix man Monday afternoon, said HSSA spokeswoman Lindsay Bruno.
Stephen was taken to HSSA's shelter last week by someone who found him wandering near Speedway and Dodge.
A scan of Stephen's microchip revealed it was implanted at the Okinawa Veterinary Treatment Facility in Okinawa, Japan. It was registered to a man who was stationed in Kadena Air Base, Japan, in 2010.
Stephen's owner, who's name was not available Monday morning, was found after the dog's story was reported by local media, Bruno said.
Stephen wandered off while staying with the man's brother when the owner was on vacation, Bruno said.
"It's a good lesson about keeping microchip information up to date," Bruno said.
HSSA staff had searched the Internet and contacted Davis Monthan Air Force Base, but had had no luck finding Stephen's owner, Bruno said Friday.
Stephen is expected to go home with the man this afternoon after the dog has surgery to replace an old surgical pin in his leg, Bruno said.