Sept. 20 (UPI) -- A 15-year-old dog that went missing from his owner's Florida home was reunited with the woman nearly a year later when she spotted his photo on an animal rescue's social media page.
Lisa Raulerson said she was living in a West Palm Beach cottage in October 2020 when her 15-year-old dog, Sparky, escaped through a gate that mistakenly had been left open.
"Before we noticed it, he was gone," Raulerson told WPTV.
She said the family began to fear after a couple weeks that Sparky no longer was alive.
"We pretty much figured he passed away," Raulerson said. "It was sad because he was part of us and we talked about him every day."
Raulerson said there was no sign of her longtime pet until she recently spotted a familiar canine on Sunshine State Westie Rescue's Facebook page.
The rescue said Sparky had been brought to a shelter as a stray and the rescue had stepped in to prevent the dog from being euthanized. Officials said Sparky had a microchip, but the chip was not registered, so they couldn't get information about his owner.
Raulerson and Sparky were reunited 331 days after the dog's escape.
"I feel like a void in my heart was filled. I really do. I never thought I'd see him again, but here he is. I wish he could talk," Raulerson said.