Man reunited with dog nearly two years after it went missing

Man reunited with dog nearly two years after it went missing

After nearly two years, a Holmen man is reunited with his missing dog.

Troy Larson remembers the exact day his Yorkshire Terrier named Oliver went missing. It was October 10, 2013.

Larson left the house to get groceries, leaving his two dogs outside in his fenced-in yard.

When he returned, they were missing. After hours of searching, he found one of the dogs, but Oliver was nowhere to be found.

Fast forward nearly two years later to Sparta, about 30 minutes away from Holmen. That’s where animal control found Oliver walking on the side of the road.

Luckily, Oliver was given a microchip, the only problem was, it traced back to New Mexico.

“We thought gosh, that’s a long travel, but you know, never know what could happen in between so both of the owners phone numbers were disconnected, but he had emergency contact. I called that person and it turned out to be the dog owner’s sister and she said, ‘I can’t believe you have this dog, he’s been missing for two years,'” said the Director of the Monroe Co. Animal Shelter Amber Cordes.

Larson got a phone call Friday letting him know Oliver had been found. Once he got into contact with the shelter, he couldn’t believe what was happening.

“I asked her to send me a picture because I really didn’t believe her and then when she actually sent the picture and it was actually him I was like, ‘what! He’s the same dog I lost two years ago.'” said Larson.

Larson is urging people that find missing dogs to take them to an animal shelter to see if they have a microchip.