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.”