Iowa family reunited with dog stolen 4 years ago

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on March 20, 2011 at 1:36 PM

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - An Iowa family has been reunited with their dog stolen four years ago when they were living in Washington state.

KCRG-TV reports the Hodsons welcomed their 4-year-old Labrador mix, "Gretchen," Saturday at the Eastern Iowa Airport.

Margaret Hodson, of Wayland, says the family went door-to-door and posted signs when their puppy was stolen in 2007. They family moved to Iowa after Travis Hodson's deployment to Afghanistan, but Margaret says she never forgot about their beloved pet.

The dog was recently found wandering near a lake in Fort Lewis, Wash. A microchip helped authorities there find her owners, and the dog was shipped by plane to Iowa.

Margaret Hodson says she never thought she'd see "Gretchen" again and she's glad the microchip helped to reunite them.

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