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FRAMINGHAM, Massachusetts (WBZ) – A Framingham dog was reunited with its owner after going missing for five years. Bay, a Basenji, went missing while staying with a dog sitter because her owner wasn’t there, the nonprofit Missing Dogs Massachusetts wrote on Facebook.

Bay was reported missing to the organization in 2016 and has been sighted sporadically.

In 2019 there were reports of a wandering dog in Needham. “Many also fed the dog. It was believed to be a dog that had an owner and was allowed to run around. Then the dog would go offline, as is so often the case. “

Initially, the group thought Bay was another dog that was missing at Stoughton, but that was determined not to be the case.

When the woman who reported the dog in 2019 announced to Missing Dogs Massachusetts that the dog would be returning to her home recently, volunteers jumped into action.

Along with a Needham animal control officer, two volunteers were able to set up a kennel trap, and Bay was caught Tuesday.

“It is now safe and warm after almost 5 years. A microchip helps with final identification. As you can see, her looks are very different from what she was years ago, ”said Missing Dogs Massachusetts. “No more tags. About nine miles as the crow flies from her home. As you can see, she has not been short of meals. “

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