Tšernõšš, or Blacky as he would be called in English, went missing in Lasnamäe, Tallinn, three years ago. Thanks to having a microchip in his neck, he has now been happily returned to its owner.
"It all started three years ago when he went out and never returned. I looked for him for a long time," Inna Lomovskaja, Blacky's owner, told ETV. "I kept calling out for him on the streets for three months but eventually lost hope. He was old - 14 at the time. So we figured he just went away to die."
Meanwhile, Lomovskaja moved to Paide, a small town in central Estonia, and got a new pet. Another one-and-a-half-years passed by before Tallinn Animal Shelter got a call about a stray dog in Lasnamäe. The shelter went to collect the dog and found it had an electronic tag.
"It's great the dog was microchipped and registered. We then contacted the owner and found out that the dog had gone missing as long as three years ago. Its owners had been looking for it but to no avail. They then came to the shelter and took the dog back home," said Larissa Kozoreva, head of the animal shelter.
Lomovskaja was at home when she got the call from the shelter. "They told me it is the animal shelter in Tallinn, and they found our dog. My first thought was, what dog? I'd only had one dog and it died three years ago. I thought it was a prank call. I was shocked, I didn't know what to do next. But when I saw the photo on the Internet, I burst out in tears. I couldn't believe this was possible," she said.
This was only made possible thanks to the microchip inserted into Blacky's neck. The dog, of course, remains blissfully unaware of this fact, whereas his owner remained equally unaware of his whereabouts for the past three years.
All cats and dogs living in Tallinn have to be microchipped and registered in the Tallinn Register of Pets, which is part of the all-Estonian pet register. The chipping and registration of pets is important to reunite the lost animal with its owner as soon as possible and to limit the number of homeless animals in the city. The same regulation is enforced in most other municipalities in Estonia.
Editor: M. Oll