Family's runaway dog found three years later, 830 miles away

Connor Riccitti, excited to have his lost dog back after 3 years.

An Oregon family is celebrating the return of their beloved pet after their Border Collie mix dog ran away nearly three years. The dog was found only recently in Utah. The dog, named Sarah, had been with the Riccitti family in Oregon since it was a puppy, but ran away while staying with family friends in Aumsville, Oregon.

Kristin Riccitti, the mother of three children who say they had fond memories of Sarah, playing tug of war and hiking with the family, said that they put up fliers all over the city but eventually gave up looking. The dog was microchipped but nobody came forward with any information. One of Kristin’s children, Connor, 7, said, “She was one of the best dogs I’ve ever seen.”

Miraculously, three years later, Kristin got a call from an animal hospital in Utah, who used Sarah’s microchip to track down the family, reporting that the dog had been found. Apparently she was found roaming the basin of an area canyon. The family was thrilled and took to Facebook to arrange the dog’s transportation. Through networking, they found a volunteer to bring Sarah home. Sarah was united with the Riccitti family yesterday and took to the family as if she had never been separated from them.

Connor told KPTV, “I’m just excited to have her home and play with her.”