Lost Guide Dog Returns Home after Two Years!

February 13th, 2008 by Dan

A guide dog lost in Israel in March 2006 has been found and returned to her owner! A microchip implanted during puppyhood led Zita, a German Shepherd Dog, back to her home and handler. A veterinarian examining a client’s dog noticed that the chip number was registered to a dog marked as lost. Rather than transferring ownership of the dog as the young man claiming to own her requested, the vet called the phone number associated with the microchip.

Zita the German Shepherd

The vet was able to reach the husband of Zita’s puppy raiser, Linda, with whom the dog lived for the first year of her life. She was then trained as a guide dog by the Israeli Guide Dog Center for the Blind, and in 2005 was partnered with her handler, Danny. Linda contacted the IGDCB with the information on Zita’s current location. With the help of the local police and the cooperation of Zita’s teenaged “owner,” the IGDCB was able to recover Zita, who had been living tied up at an auto repair shop for the past two years. She will likely receive a refresher course of training and then be returned to Danny.

Coincidentially, the teenager keeping Zita called her, “Linda!”

Welcome home, Zita!

Thanks to Veralidaine and all our friends at Disaboom for keeping us up to date on all the latest news on Service Dogs! We’ll be sure to keep it coming!

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