More than two years after a New York man's dog disappeared from his home, the pooch mysteriously turned up in Florida.
Giuseppe DiBella says he was mowing his lawn in Newburgh about two and a half years ago when he suddenly realized his toy fox terrier Nika was missing.
"I was sitting in the backyard, there was no dog to throw the ball," he said.
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DiBella thinks Nika was stolen right from his yard. He posted fliers, and called the local vet practices and animal shelters, all to no avail.
A few days ago, he received an email from an animal shelter in Marion County in Florida, telling him a microchip scanned on a recently found pet turned up his information.
In a follow-up phone call, shelter workers told DiBella that Nika was left on the doorstep of a Florida home.
"It was shocking," he said. "I never believed a 5-pound dog -- two pounds at the time -- would end up in Florida."
DiBella hopes to be reunited with Nika in time for Thanksgiving, and Marta -- the dog he bought after Nika disappeared -- will have a new playmate.
"They will get along perfectly," he said. "They are both sweet dogs."
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