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Lost dog case highlights the importance of proper pet IDs

A lost dog in Bakersfield, California, has been found and may soon be reunited with her owner thanks to a concerned citizen named Earl Vaughn, reports

Vaughn found the little dog, which he's named Gypsy in the interim, as he was driving late at night. Calling the dog to him, Vaughn took her home, embarking on a rigorous search to find her owner, according to the news source.

Speaking to the outlet Vaughn said, "I took her home, and I found the tag on her." The tag read "2006. If found, please call 4 Paws Pet Hospital." Vaughn called the pet hospital, which revealed it doesn't keep records past five years.

Speaking on the case, Kim Rodriguez of Kern County Animal Control noted that pet owners would do best to keep a microchip on their pets. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, pet owners with microchipped dogs have noted a 30 percent increase in return rates.

Stray animals that can't be returned to their owners are placed in local animal shelters or rescues, reports the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Stray animals are usually lost pets that don't have identification or weren't kept indoors properly.
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