Microchips, people, microchips!
The last time the owner, only identified as Mike, saw Bandit was back in 2007. The dog broke out of the front yard and was snatched from the street by an unknown driver. After countless hours of searching, Mike tried to accept that he would never see Bandit again.
Staff at the rescue believed that Bandit had already been scanned for a microchip when he arrived at animal control, but decided to double check. Good thing they did, because a quick look revealed a chip with contact information to Bandit’s original owner, Mike.