Missing Maltese back home, thanks to microchip, Twitter and cop

Watson Missing Maltese returned to ownersAfter 10 months on the streets of San Diego, a 2-year-old Maltese dog named Watson is back home, thanks to a microchip, Twitter and a dog-loving police officer.

When Watson disappeared from his home in North Park, his frantic owners searched for months. A police report was filed.

Councilman Todd Gloria, using his Twitter account, put out word for residents to watch for Watson. Several sightings proved unavailing.

Finally, the county Department of Animal Services got a call from a police officer who was taking a homeless person to a county psychiatric facility for observation. The person had a dog that looked like the picture of Watson.
Soon, the dog was at a county animal shelter where it was scanned for a possible microchip. Watson’s owners had made sure it had such a chip before it disappeared.

Within hours, Jamee Lynn Smith was reunited Tuesday with the five-pound pet. A gash on Watson’s head received care.

“It was breathtaking,” Smith said. “I didn’t think I’d ever see him again.”

Microchips are available at San Diego County’s three animal shelters.

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