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3 Bel Air Dogs Reunited With Owners

At least one family credits Patch with the successful return.

Three dogs are safely home this week with the help of the community and Patch.

's husband found a boxer mix running near Yankee Doodle Drive in the Marywood Development in Bel Air on Thursday.

She posted on the Bel Air Patch Facebook page asking for help finding the dog's owner.

The dog had a broken chain leash and a choker collar, but no identification.

didn't get along well with their family dog and it was too hot to keep her outside, Tilley decided to turn the dog over to the .

On Saturday, Tilley got a call with a lead on the dog's owner and the dog has since been removed from the Humane Society's site, indicating to Tilley a successful outcome.

"She was so sweet to our family (except our dog), and it was a hard decision to surrender her, but it was all for the best and it seems to have worked out for the best. Thank you, Patch, you are the reason they called me," Tilley wrote in a .

Tilley was not the only one hoping for the best for a missing dog this past week.

On July 4, a Sheltie named Codie was startled by fireworks and ran away from the Cold Spring Road area.

Karen Dunbar explained she and her family were watching Codie while his family was out of the country in Europe, according to an email Dunbar wrote to Patch.

On Saturday, Dunbar again wrote an email to Patch, this time with good news.

"[W]e found Codie on Sunday morning.  We also found another lost sheltie in our 4 days of searching. Two families are happier now," Dunbar wrote.

Have you ever lost and later found your pet? What kind of role did the community play in the return? Leave a comment to start the conversation below.

David Fang July 09, 2012 at 03:50 PM
For the record, it is The Humane Society of Harford County, not Harford County Humane Society. In a typical year we will reunite over 400 lost dogs with their families! Please microchip your pets. This quick and painless procedure takes a few seconds. Most area veterinarians will chip your pets for you, but if they do not then HSHC can help.
Kirsten Dize July 09, 2012 at 03:57 PM
I will make the correction, thanks David! -KD
Christine July 10, 2012 at 01:28 AM
I think it is very helpful when the Patch posts pictures of lost and found pets. Getting the community involved has certainly helped some of the animals lost during the Fourth of July festivities. From personal experience, I have not lost a dog, but I have recently found two dogs on seperate occasions. One ran away when maintenance people entered the owners' apartement. I took the animal to a vet the next morning and he was micrco-chipped and the micro-chip was registered to the owner, so I was able to reunite the dog with his happy owner. The second dog was found on July 4th running around the neighborhood. She had a collar with a rabies tag and the phone number of the vet. I could not accomplish much with that info on a holiday, but I was willing to keep the dog in my garage overnight. Luckily her owner was driving around the neighborhood looking for her and she went home that evening. Bottom line, get your animals microchipped, keep the chip up to date, put a collar with ID on them, keep them indoors during fire works. If they get lost file a report with the local shelter, check frequently with them. Getting the word out on the Patch and other social networks definitely helps. Great job, Patch!
Ahmad0001 December 18, 2012 at 05:35 AM
This quick and painless procedure takes a few seconds. Most area veterinarians will chip your pets for you, but if they do not then HSHC can help. http://www.onlinedatastoragesite.com/softwares/the-best-web-development-resources-effectively-support-web-developers.html

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