The DSPCA is emphasising the importance of microchipping pets after a family was reunited with their dog two years after it was stolen.
Baya was taken from County Galway and was found in Dublin.
The charity posted a video online yesterday of Baya's emotional reunion with her family.
Stolen and reunited after 2 years.
When we scanned her for a microchip & looked up her details on the FIDO database we couldn't believe that she had been flagged as "Lost/Stolen 2 years ago from Galway". Baya was found in the middle of a busy road here in Dublin. #Dog #dspca pic.twitter.com/pTPtMkly2U
— DSPCA (@DublinSPCA) January 16, 2023
Speaking to Dermot and Dave on Today FM , the DSPCA's Gillian Bird said Baya had been away from her family longer than he had been living with them.
But she also said she wasn't in the best health after she was found.
"The dog was basically taken from outside the front of their house.
"They found that out with the neighbours CCTV, and of course, they searched and searched and searched and couldn't find her, and eventually, after a long time, decided they'd go out and get themselves another dog.
"So they have another lovely family pet."
Gillian also emphasised the importance of microchipping animals:
"A member of the public walked into us here on Friday.
"They had found her wandering and wandering in the streets, and we checked the microchip.
"So it immediately flashes up with a big red thing saying stolen, which immediately for us is like, oh, fantastic. Great. We can reunite her with our owner.
"So then the phone call was made, you know, 'have you lost your dog'? And it was like, 'yes, we have. I can't believe you've found her'."