Charlie, a German Short-haired Pointer, went missing from his home in Northern Alabama 10 years ago.
His owner, Tracey Dove, says the enclosure that housed Charlie was broken into and she believes he was stolen.
Charlie was presumed to dead after being gone for so many years.
However, he was found last week on the steps of a church near Brewton, Alabama.
Renee Jones, Rescue Director at Souls On Board Rescue Ride, received a call from a neighbor who told her that there had been a dog on the steps of the church for three days.
Jones went to investigate and that’s when she found Charlie.
Renee took Charlie, who has visible health issues, to the Springhill Veterinary Clinic where they decided to scan him for a microchip.
When they discovered that he had a chip they weren’t confident they would find his owners.
Often, owners never register their dogs’ microchip and if they do they don’t keep their contact information updated.
Charlie is one lucky dog because even after all of these years his owner, Tracey Dove, has kept her information accurate and officials at the veterinary clinic were able to get in contact with her.
We’re told that Dove was speechless when she first heard the news that Charlie was alive and had been found!
Charlie has a huge mass on his side. He’s currently at Springhill Veterinary Clinic undergoing testing to see how serious his health issues are.
We’re told that he will most likely have the mass removed.