published Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Dog reunited with its owners in East TN after more than five years

Maisy the beagle is safely back at home after an absence of more than five years.
Maisy the beagle is safely back at home after an absence of more than five years.
Photo by The Knoxville News Sentinel /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

A beagle’s nose may have caused her separation from her West Knox County family, but her microchip helped reunite them Tuesday — 5½ years after the dog went missing.

In what Young-Williams Animal Center officials believe is possibly the longest time ever between a dog being lost and found locally, 12-year-old Maisy rejoined the Chad Helland family.

“We got her yesterday afternoon,” said an excited Helland on Wednesday. “We are just elated. We felt guilty because we didn’t do a better job of keeping track of her.”

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