Missing Chihuahua Back Home Thanks to Microchip

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RENO, NV - Washoe County Animal Services is crediting a microchip with helping to reunite a chihuahua with his family.

Four years ago, Juanita Avila and her husband adopted Solo when he was dropped off at their house.

"He was really skinny, you could see his bones," Avila said. "He was really frightened. He was being abused from his previous owner and they just left him here."

He quickly became a member of the family; forming a special connection with Avila's husband.

But Solo has an adventurous streak. He had escaped Avila's home twice before. The second time Avila decided to get him microchipped.

It was a smart decision. Two days after he was chipped, Solo escaped again.

That was in May of 2012.

"I had given up after about a month," Avila said.

Last week, the family got the call from Animal Services, saying Solo had made it to 4th Street in Reno and was fine. Avila said she was in disbelief.

"I said you're lying, and he said no I have him right here." Shortly after the call, pet and owner were reunited.

Avila says she has been putting off chipping her other two dogs, but now says she won't wait another minute. Especially since the service is free this year to Washoe County residents.

This year, Animal Services is hoping to provide 5,000 pets with free microchips in northern Nevada. Barry Brode, director of Animal Services says just this week they have chipped about 400 pets.

You can have the free chipping done at the Longley location next to the Nevada Humane Society, but there will also be clinics this month:

The first field clinic takes place February 5, from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. in the Scolari’s parking lot at 5430 Sun Valley Blvd., Sun Valley.

The next field clinic will be held Tuesday, February 19, from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. at Dickey’s Bar-B-Que, 290 Lemmon Dr., Lemmon Valley.