2008-11-27 / Local & State

Dog Found In W. Pa. Goes Home To N.J. After 5 Years


PITTSBURGH—For the first time in five years, Tootsie will spend Thanksgiving at home in New Jersey.

The dachshund got lost five years ago, and is now headed home to Pleasantville, N.J.

Two weeks ago, Tootsie was found wandering the streets in a rough area outside Pittsburgh. The Animal Rescue League of Western Pennsylvania traced Tootsie's owner using a microchip implanted in his neck.

The league then wrote a letter to Elda Arguella. So much time had passed since Tootsie went missing from the Arguella's gated yard, she wasn't sure they were referring to her dachshund.

But on Monday, Arguella, her 18- year-old daughter, Edna Colon, and her son, 16-year-old Daniel Colon, drove to Harrisburg and were happily reunited with Tootsie.

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