Ginger, a 5-yearold Shih-Tzu who went missing from her home in Midland, Texas, February 2012, was recently found in Roswell and, thanks to a microchip, the Humane Society was able to track down the owner. Ginger will soon be returned to her home. (Mark Wilson Photo)
Ginger, a five-year-old Shih Tzu, is one lucky dog.
She vanished from her home in Midland, Texas, in February, 2012.
Billy Hodnett, Ginger’s human companion, realized that her small dog could not have escaped from the fenced in yard, so she had to have been stolen.
The Shih Tzu is a toy breed that originated in China. They are highly prized and weigh between 10 and 15 pounds.
Ginger was 3.5 years when she went missing from her Midland home.
She’s now five. Ginger was picked up as a stray by a woman at the corner of McGaffey Street and Sycamore Avenue. She was turned over to the Humane Society, who checked her for microchips. “We scan every animal that comes in,” explained Krystle Smith.
Krystle is a Humane Society employee and the person to go to in case of adoption. “We cannot prove the dog was stolen,” she said.
However, the Humane Society contacted the police to report the theft.
Krystle also called Hodnett to tell her that her beloved pet had been located. “She was hysterical. She laughed. She cried. She could not believe her dog had been found.”
Ginger’s experiences emphasize the need for some form of identification for furry family members. Unlike tags and collars that can fall off, microchips provide permanent identification that can lead to happy reunions.