The mystery of a Richmond dog found several states away continues to grow. Since a Labrador-retriever mix was found in New Orleans Monday, her story has gone viral.
"Miss Virginia" was found tied to a fence post outside of the Villalobos Animal Rescue in Louisiana Monday night. Her microchip confirms she's from Richmond but doesn't say who she belongs to.
Villalobos Animal Rescue is featured on the Animal Planet reality show "Pitbulls and Parolees." On Tuesday, Villalobos blasted out Miss Virginia's picture on their Facebook page to almost half a million followers.
Since the microchip has no information attached for it, Miss Virginia's best shot at being reunited with her owners is from someone recognizing her photo.
Der Au Michael is with the Broad Street Veterinary Hospital. She says, the most important part of getting a microchip is having your pet registered.
A microchip is practically useless unless the owner registers their name, address and phone number then keeps that information up to date.
A microchip is about as big as a grain of rice and is placed between the dog or cat's shoulder blades. Once a pet is found all you have to do is scan between the shoulder blades, and the ID comes right up.
Microchips usually cost about $50.00 to implant then there is usually an annual renewal fee costing around $20.00.
Miss Virginia is staying in New Orleans for now unless someone can rightfully claim her.
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