Wrong dog, then right dog returned months later

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Wichita, Kan. --- It's the heartwarming story of a dog gone missing but with a surprise ending.

Denise Martin's dog which had been missing for several months was then found and returned, at least so she thought.

Martin says last December 15th her black lab mix type dog escaped through the fence from her North Wichita home.

But then five months later in May Martin gets a call from someone four blocks away who believes they found her dog.

"I said, okay I'll come get him. And he came to me and I thought it was my dog."

And so it seemed like the happy reunion ending.

But then last Saturday Martin says the Wichita Humane Society called to say they now have her dog named 'Midnight'.

"And I said, 'No you don't! I have my dog.' And they're like, 'No, come down and look at your dog and sure enough it was Midnight. He's been gone eight months and one day."

Wichita Animal Services officer Neil Kline says they verified it was Martin's dog Midnight through an embedded microchip.

Kline says Midnight was seen for several weeks in the 21st and Rock Road area before someone could catch it and turn it in. That's several miles from Martin's home.

Martin brought the dog she thought was hers to the kennel when she picked up Midnight. When she got the two dogs side by side she could see the subtle differences.

Kline says this is a rare coincidence. "In seven years this is the first time I've heard of this kind of coincidence."

That mystery second dog also has an identification microchip. But so far Animal Services hasn't been able to find the owners.

Martin says, "So we ended up keeping him and (he) plays well with Midnight. They just love each other."

The Kansas Humane Society and Animal Services urges dog and cat owners to get I.D. tags and collars and get pets micro chipped which they say are the best ways to help pet owners get reunited with lost pets.

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