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6 Years After Late Mother's Dog Goes Missing, Daughter Gets Letter in Mail She Can't Believe


A New York family cried happy tears at the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter as they reunited with their dog who went missing six years ago.

Nobody will ever know where Milo the poodle mix was for the past six-and-a-half years.

But thanks to a microchip embedded in Milo’s skin, the Hart family can enjoy the rest of the senior doggy’s years together.

Milo was adopted by Linda Hart Williams, who lived in Queens, New York.

The pup quickly became the apple of Williams’ eye, and she loved him like a child.

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“Milo was her baby,” Williams’ daughter Monica Hart told WCBS-TV.

But one sad day in 2012, Milo disappeared.

Despite the family’s best efforts to find their pup, years went by without any leads about Milo’s whereabouts.

But Williams never gave up hope that one day, Milo would find his way home.

Sadly, Williams passed away in 2017 after her battle with cancer, never getting the chance to see her sweet dog again.

“Two days before she died she talked about Milo. She said, ‘My dog is going to come back.’ She knew Milo was stolen,” Hart said.

And then, out of the blue, Hart received a letter arrived from the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter.

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Someone had surrendered the dog to the shelter in late January, and thanks to Milo’s microchip, shelter staff were able to contact Hart.

In disbelief, Hart and her family went down to the shelter and laid eyes on Milo for the first time in over six years.

Hart cried bittersweet tears, knowing how much it would have meant to her mother to hold Milo again and know her final wish had been fulfilled.

“Everybody cried,” Hart said. “I could imagine her face seeing Milo.”

Hempstead Animal Shelter employee Kelly Morgese said the moment was emotional for everyone involved in the reunion.

“Everyone was in tears. The whole shelter was in tears,” Morgese said. “It makes coming to work happier for these happy moments.”

Milo has aged considerably in the years he’s been gone. He is weak, partially blind and deaf and was underweight when he came to the shelter.

But Milo seemed to recognize his family of origin, happy to be home at last.

The senior dog will be able to live out the remainder of his days exactly where he belongs — at home, with his true family.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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