Lost dog returns home to Michigan after four years as a stray

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HOLT, Mich. (WILX) -- Imagine losing your dog and finding your pet more than 100 miles away.

Well, that's exactly what happened to Bradley Weiferich when his dog, Bam, ran away from home in 2014.

"Without the microchip she wouldn't be back with us today and with the condition she was in there's a very good chance she wouldn't be alive today," said Weiferich.

The Pitbull owner said last Friday he received a phone call that he'll never forget, but it was one that at first, he thought was a prank.

"I received a phone call about five minutes later from the microchip company Avid and when I received that phone call I knew that it was for real," Weiferich explained.

The Weiferich family packed up and drove from Lansing, Michigan to the Lucas County Canine Care and Control Animal Shelter in Toledo, Ohio. Bradley found his long lost dog emaciated and unrecognizable.

"When we picked her up she was about 40, 44, 45 pounds, which is roughly 20 to 25 pounds under weight for a dog her size," Weiferich continued.

The owner of the 12-year-old dog said that Bam immediately recognized him and from there, her journey back home began.

According to Ingham County Animal Control, the majority of animals who stray away never find their way back home.

The shelter says I.D. tags and microchips can help get your pet back home safely.