Missing NC dog turns up alive in Florida

Hope Mills, NC - (NBC) - A pet dog named Pumpkin who had been missing for months from his North Carolina home has turned up, but in Florida.

The last time the Conroys saw their dog Pumpkin was in January at their house in Hope Mills, near Charlotte.

"We weren't expecting her home, it's been three months," said Nikki Conroy.

After three months, the family nearly gave up hope.

"We were kind of slowly getting the feeling she wasn't coming home," Conroy said.

Then the Conroys received an unexpected call.

"They said Jacksonville and I thought they meant Jacksonville, North Carolina, and they said Florida and I was amazed," Conroy said.

"This dog was picked up on Arlington Expressway by one of our officers," said Scott Trebatoski of the Animal Care and Protection Services in Jacksonville.

"He looks very healthy, he's well mannered, he looks as good as any house pet," said Trebatoski.

Pumpkin had somehow traveled nearly 400 miles but was happily reunited because she a microchip had been placed in her.

"I don't even have words for it right now it's still surreal for me. I'm just very happy," Conroy said.

Moral of the story: microchips really do work.  So, if you get a microchip for your pet make sure to get it registered to your home phone number and address.

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