China, pit bull mix missing for 8 months, is reunited with owner thanks to dog's microchip

Dog missing since June

INDIANAPOLIS - A pit bull mix and her owner have been reunited after eight months apart, thanks to the dog’s microchip.

Chris Harris says his dog, China, escaped through a hole in his fence in mid-June.

Harris posted fliers, drove the surrounding neighborhood and went to the city shelter looking for China.

"I thought she was gone," Harris said.

Just last week, Indianapolis Animal Care and Control called Harris to say someone had turned in China. They found Harris’s information using the dog’s microchip.

"You don’t expect a phone call like that," Harris said. "It was mind-blowing. My instinct was just ‘OK, I’m on my way.’"

It’s unclear where China spent her time away from home.

"I wonder a lot if it was good, bad, but I think at this point, it’s best not to know," Harris said.

Animal Care and Control told RTV6 China’s case emphasizes the importance of microchipping pets. It costs $10 at the city shelter on South Harding Street.

Harris said he was skeptical about microchipping, but now is a believer.

"I couldn’t be happier," Harris said.

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