Indiana family reunited with missing dog in Atlanta

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ATLANTA - An Indiana family was reunited with their missing dog in Atlanta on Monday, nearly 500 miles from where she disappeared.

Karen and Victor Stievenart told Channel 2’s Craig Lucie that their dog, Jasmine, disappeared in April from their home in Terre Haute, Ind.

She slipped out of her collar and the Stievenarts think she may have hitched a ride south with a trucker or a family with a camper. They live about a mile from the interstate.

Somehow the dog traveled to Atlanta where a woman brought her to Fulton County Animal Services.

The woman said Jasmine jumped right into her car, but she's not sure where the dog was before.

Once animal officers started inspecting Jasmine they found a microchip implanted in the dog and quickly identified her owners.

The Stievenarts drove to Atlanta last weekend and arrived at FCAS on Monday morning.

Jasmine yelped and jumped right up to lick and hug Karen Stievenart as soon as officials brought her out of the kennel.

"I've been checking the shelter in Terre Haute every day. They are tired of seeing me," Karen Stievenart told Channel 2's Craig Lucie.

Spokeswoman Lara Hudson said FCAS and Lifeline Animal Project offer a reduced fee microchip implant and registration for $25.

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