Nobody deserved a happy ending quite like Polo the dog.
The Shih Tzu was found in a locked crate next to a dumpster in Washington, D.C., the day before Thanksgiving, NBC News Washington reports.
According to the Washington Humane Society’s Facebook page, the dog appeared to be “severely neglected” and “his hair was matted and his toe nails were so long that they had curled under his feet and impeded his ability to walk.”
But thanks to his implanted microchip, the Washington Humane Society was able to track down the pooch’s previous owner, Jason Brandon, who said the dog’s name was Polo and that he had been stolen two years prior.
Brandon, who now lives in New York, drove down to D.C. to reunite with his long-lost pup on Saturday. Photos posted on Facebook by the Washington Humane Society show just how joyous of a reunion it was.
This holiday season, we’re sure Brandon and Polo are very thankful for the power of microchipping. As we all should be.