Melbourne man reunited with his dog seven years on

Melbourne man reunited with his dog seven years on”

A pet owner was left devastated when his puppy jumped over the back fence and disappeared, only to return seven years later and recognise him.

Jim Gardiakos' English staffy Mia was only little when she leapt the six foot high fence in 2010 and ran away from the Altona Meadows property.

"I just thought, "you beauty, I can finally get Mia back", Mr Gardiakos said.

"It was tearful, like seeing how much she has aged and how much I have missed".

Jim Gardiakos had nearly given up hope of seeing his English Staffie Mia again, until a vet's microchip scan led to the long-overdue reunion.

"Even after this time if I thought it was a legitimate case of "alright you know whatever, we didn't do the right thing but we looked after her", I probably would've considered maybe leaving her. but they knew".

"The people that had her obviously never registered her, they claimed they took her to the vet", Gardiakos said.

Mr Gardiakos says he is now just happy to be reunited with his girl.

"I was just devastated for months", Mr Gardiakos told TEN Eyewitness News.

But the real battle was against bureaucracy as Jim tried to get his pup home.

He didn't want to give up because Mia felt like 'part of the family, ' but his hopes were beginning to dwindle after the first year.

Sadly, the person who had taken the now nine-year-old dog to the vets had also taken her back home with them.

Gardiakos described the moment Mia was brought home as being "a bit strange" but he was soon comforted by the dog's eagerness to see him again.

"They knew whose dog it was, simple as that", he said.

The distraught pet owner launched a large search for the two-year-old dog, putting flyers up around the neighbourhood, but his efforts to find her were unsuccessful.

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