A dog missing for 12 years finds its owner.

Zoey had been thrown from a vehi­cle on a rur­al prop­er­ty near Stock­ton and was found by some­one who called the police, say­ing she looked old and sick.

An ani­mal ser­vices offi­cer scanned the dog’s microchip and dis­cov­ered she had been miss­ing since 2010.

“I cer­tain­ly did­n’t expect this to hap­pen, so I’m real­ly excit­ed,” said Zoey’s own­er, Michelle.

Zoey had been miss­ing for so long that the microchip com­pa­ny had list­ed her as dead since 2015, the San Joaquin Coun­ty Sher­if­f’s Office said.

Offi­cer Bran­don Levin, who scanned Zoey, obtained her own­er’s con­tact infor­ma­tion from the microchip com­pa­ny and dis­cov­ered she still had the same cell phone num­ber. He said, “She was com­plete­ly in shock.”

The dog was found about 60 miles from where she had dis­ap­peared in 2010, her fam­i­ly home in Lafayette.

Michelle said, “We got her and her twin sis­ter out of the pound when they were six months old, she stayed with us for about six months.

“We went to the store for about 20 min­utes and came back and she was gone.

“I’m thrilled to hope­ful­ly bring her back, get her healthy and let her live the rest of her life.”

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