By Martial Haprov
A Long Beach woman drove to Apple Valley on Thursday to reclaim her dog — one she’d reported missing last April.
An unnamed Victor Valley resident turned a stray dog into the Apple Valley Municipal Animal Shelter at 5:25 p.m. on Wednesday. Animal services staff scanned and found an AVID microchip.
After calling AVID, staff discovered the dog had been reported missing in Long Beach on April 28. AVID was able to provide contact numbers, which staff used to reach owner Ingrid Revolorio.
On Thursday, Revolorio drove up from her home to claim Cheeto, her 3-year-old black male Pomeranian.
“Apple Valley Animal Services is equipped with microchip scanners at the shelter, as well as in each truck in the field,” Kathie Martin, spokesperson for the town of Apple Valley, said in an email on Thursday.
Martin offered important tips for pet owners:
• Microchip your pet;
• Keep your information with the microchip current, and provide multiple numbers for contact;
• If your microchipped dog goes missing, report it to the company, that way if they later get a request to change owner information, they’ll know it’s been lost or stolen.
To report a lost or found animal, call animal services at (760) 240-7000, ext. 7555, or visit them in person at 22131 Powhatan Road.
Martial Haprov may be reached at (760) 951-6236 or at MHaprov@VVDailyPress.com.