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'Happy tears' as dog missing for 3 years is reunited with Michigan owners in Illinois

Posted at 5:51 PM, Dec 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-06 17:53:26-05

WHEATON, Ill. -- Three years later, a Michigan dog is back with her owners after she disappeared on a trip to suburban Chicago.

Lola vanished from a fenced yard in 2017 when Debra and Steve Mejeur of Kalamazoo, Michigan, were visiting a friend.

The couple returned hoping to find a dog that was specially trained to help Debra Mejeur in case of a seizure.

The Mejeurs posted notices and got help from volunteers but had no luck. Authorities in DuPage County recently got a call from a couple who had found the dog.

Lola had a microchip, which led to a phone call to the owners in Michigan.

"Microchipping is the best way to protect your pets, people," officials with DuPage County Animal Services posted on Facebook. "In Lola's case it took years to get back to them, but most pets can be reunited with their family within hours of being found... And today [Lola is] going to see her family for the first time in 3 years."

The shelter posted a video of the happy reunion on social media.

"Happy tears all around for Lola and her family," officials wrote. "They're together again just in time for the holidays. These are the kind of stories we need right now."