Dog Reunited With Owners Nearly After Being Hit By Car, Vanishing

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Nearly a year ago, a dog named Phife was struck and dragged by a car, and his humans in Brooklyn thought they’d never see him again.

On Thursday, Phife was reunited with his owners in Brooklyn thanks to a microchip.

Matthew Dublin and Kendall Layrock adopted the young Labrador mix from New York Animal Care and Control partner rescue organization last year. About two months after the adoption, Phife ran out of an enclosed area in a park and was hit by a driver who allegedly kept going with the dog stuck underneath, according to an Animal Care and Control news release.

Dublin and Layrock searched for hours, but were unable to find Phife. They kept searching online and contacted several shelters, but never found Phife and eventually got another dog named Buggy, the release said.

But this week, Phife arrived as a stay at the Animal Care and Control Brooklyn Care Center, and the staff scanned the dog for a microchip and reunited him with his owners and his new canine companion, the release said.

“It is incredibly surreal,” Dublin said in the release. “Buggy and Phife get along swimmingly and luckily for us. Phife is totally at home and seems very happy. Every chance he gets, he licks us and wants to cuddle. We have no idea where he’s been for the last 10 months, but we couldn’t be happier he’s back with us and he seems to feel the same.”

Phife the dog was reunited with his owners in Brooklyn nearly a year after being hit by a car and disappearing. He is seen here with owner Matthew Dublin and his new friend, Buggy. (Credit: New York City Animal Care and Control)

Phife the dog was reunited with his owners in Brooklyn nearly a year after being hit by a car and disappearing. He is seen here with owner Matthew Dublin and his new friend, Buggy. (Credit: Kendall Layrock)

The Mayor’s Alliance for Animals is offering microchipping for dogs and cats for $25 this Saturday. The clinic will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the My Dog Loves Central Park Fair at the Naumberg Bandshell, located in Central Park at 72nd Street.

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