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PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. -- A soldier will soon be reunited with her dog, which went missing three years ago in Texas and has been found 1,000 miles away in Prescott Valley.
The basset hound was found running loose and was turned over to police officers on July 7, according to Sgt. Brandon Bonney with the Prescott Valley Police Department.
An animal control officer found that the dog was equipped with an identification microchip and spoke with the owner, who is a member of the military serving in Fort Hood, Texas.
Bonney said the owner was very happy to hear that her dog had returned. She said Molly disappeared back in 2009 at Fort Hood.
The unidentified soldier returned from a deployment in Iraq and went on another training mission. She said a friend was watching Molly while she was gone and the dog ran away from the friend's house.
She had not heard anything about Molly since.
It is not known how the dog ended up in Arizona.
The owner contacted family in Tucson to retrieve the dog. Bonney said she plans to drive to Tucson to get Molly once her current assignment is over.
"This is a success story that highlights the need to better identify our pets," Bonney said. "To many, pets are a member of the family. In addition to a well-marked collar, a microchip is an invaluable means for identifying lost pets."