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A 'miracle' dog who survived five years on the street and evaded numerous attempts to capture her has finally been reunited with her owners.
Bay, a Basenji, went missing in Framingham, near Boston in the US, in June 2016 and has since lived through several freezing winters and avoided being killed by coyotes or cars.
Animal Control Officer David Parsons said: "How did this dog eat? How did it make five winters in Massachusetts?
“‘Homeward Bound’ must be like a G movie compared to what this dog has gone through.”
Bay first came to the dog catcher's attention last year when a local resident complained about the stray dog pooing in their garden.
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They set up a trap, but she escaped and vanished in to the night.
David told the Boston Globe: “The dog got out. That never happens. This dog was very street smart.”
Earlier this month, with help from a local animal group, they returned to the garden with a different type of trap and managed to snare the ragged mutt.
They took her to a local vet, who gave the dog a bath, cut off her too-tight collar and removed scores of blood-sucking ticks.
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She was described as being in "rough shape", but vets were elated to discover that she had a microchip.
They discovered that Bay was formerly a street dog from Arkansas who had been adopted by a local woman – but the bolshy bitch had escaped when she was being cared for by her owner's brother in a town 10 miles away from where she was captured.
Bay's story was shared on Facebook, and is sure to give hope to other pet parents whose fur babies have gone missing.
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