Associated Press

ROGERSVILLE, Mo. (AP) – A pit bull that was missing for three years has been found at a Rogersville animal shelter and is set to be reunited with her owner now living in Arizona.

Richard Glosser and his wife were living in Potosi, more than 170 miles from Rogersville, and in the process of moving to Illinois, when the dog, named Mayhem, ran away. The couple eventually moved to Arizona.

“She had been an inside dog all the time, and was one of the family,” Glosser said. “But when the time came for us to move and she still hadn’t come back, we just couldn’t wait anymore.”

The Springfield News-Leader reported that Kelly Fender of Rescue One, a group that takes in animals from shelters, picked up Mayhem on Dec. 7, the day before she was to be euthanized.

It is unclear how Mayhem ended up in Rogersville. Rescue One’s foster home coordinator, Ellen Dowdy, said Mayhem was picked up as a stray and appeared to have been taken care of by someone in recent months.

A veterinarian discovered that the dog had a microchip scanner and Rescue One tracked down Glosser through Facebook and the company that made the microchip.

Glosser said he cried when he received the phone call alerting him that his dog had been found.

A friend of Dowdy’s, who lives in Arizona, will be in Missouri for the holidays and will deliver Mayhem to Glosser. Mayhem and her owner will reunite Dec. 29.

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