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Texas dog missing for 7 years found in Florida, reunited with owners 

“When we called them, we gave them the surprise of a lifetime,” animal services said of the dog's owner

December 13, 2022 6:03am

Updated: December 13, 2022 11:37am

A Texas dog who had disappeared more than seven years ago was found in an abandoned hotel room in Florida and reunited with her owner. 

In early December, Orange County Animal Services received a report about a dog that had been left behind in a room at an abandoned hotel. 

When officers responded to the call, they found a dog who “could barely walk” but was “extremely sweet and gentle,” according to a Facebook post by Orange County Animal Services. 

The rescuers thought that the dog, which was around 9 or 10 years old, would have a hard time being adopted because of its age and her health issues, which they described as a “bad case of arthritis.”

Regardless, the officers brought back the dog to Orange County Animal Services, where she was scanned for a microchip in case she had an owner. To the surprise of the officers, the dog had a microchip with the information of its original owner in Texas. 

“When we called them, we gave them the surprise of a lifetime,” the Facebook post said. “You see, Jazzy was 12 years old, and she had been five years old when she had gotten spooked by fireworks and run away. The family was unable to find her anywhere. They searched for her for a long time, and even after seven years, they never gave up hope.”

Jazzy’s owner, Kerry, quickly got on a plane from Texas to Florida and was reunited with his long-lost pup. 

“It was a tearful reunion, and it was incredible to watch Jazzy come to life in her owner's voice. Kerry was overjoyed and regaled us with stories about her. And Jazzy couldn't take her eyes off him. She licked his hand again and again and inched her body as close as she could to him. After all those years, her heart still remembered, and was finally whole,” the post continued. 

“We don't know how Jazzy wound up here in Orlando, or what her life has been like. But after seven years, Jazzy was finally going home,” the agency continued.