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Sparks woman reunited with dog missing 8 months

Sparks woman reunited with dog missing 8 months

CREATED Feb. 5, 2013

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) -- A Sparks woman has been reunited with her dog after he'd been missing for eight months and she says the credit goes to a microchip.

Juanita Avila says her 3-year-old Chihuahua, Solo, disappeared from her home last May.

On Friday she got a call from Washoe County Regional Animal Services telling her he'd been found near downtown Reno. Avila says her brother persuaded her to get Solo micro-chipped after he ran away in 2011 on the Fourth of July.

She's helping local officials spread the word about a campaign aimed at micro-chipping a minimum of 5,000 pets by January 2014.

Service officials say 400 pets were micro-chipped in the first week of the campaign. A free clinic is planned noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Scolari's in Sun Valley.