Dog reunited with Florida family 3 years after running away

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DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Bella the Maltese-Pomeranian mix has returned home nearly three years after she disappeared from her owner’s Fort Lauderdale workplace.

Bill Gerstein of Delray Beach says he got an email Tuesday from a New Jersey animal shelter after they found his information on a microchip.

Gerstein tells WPTV that he booked a flight and headed to New Jersey. He says Bella was shaking uncontrollably for about 10 minutes after he arrived.

He says a family in New Jersey cared for her for about nine months before she ran away and ended up in the shelter. But he has no idea how Bella got to New Jersey.

For now, Gerstein is calling the reunion a Thanksgiving miracle that has become a story the Gerstein family will tell for years. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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