Lost dog reunited with owners after 2 ½ years

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SAN DIEGO — The return of the dog Marilyn Monroe after a 2 1/2-year absence demonstrates the importance of implanting pets with microchips, a county Department of Animal Services spokesperson said Thursday.

Marilyn, a Pomeranian, disappeared from her Otay Ranch home when gardeners left a gate open, according to the county.

Dog - Marilyn MonroeOwner Jose Barajas figured someone picked her up and took her home. But she turned up earlier this week, and Barajas claimed her Tuesday at the South County shelter in Bonita.

“It’s insane, right?” said Barajas. “Everyone is amazed.”

The county said Barajas, who now lives in Eastlake, has spread his story over the last couple days and persuaded at least one neighbor to get a pet microchipped.

“A microchip is the best way to reunite animals with their owners,” county Animal Services director Dawn Danielson said. “The chip itself is smaller than a grain of rice and getting one doesn’t hurt the animal one bit, yet it’s made all the difference in bringing hundreds of lost pets and their owners back together again.”

County Animal Services offers microchips in Bonita, San Diego and Carlsbad, and at clinics where rabies vaccinations and licenses also are available.

The next clinic is set for Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. at the San Diego shelter at 5480 Gaines Street.

Having a pet implanted with a microchip costs $20 and includes the registration.

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