FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- A cat missing five years ago has been reunited with its owner thanks to an implanted microchip.
WOWO-AM and WANE-TV report the 10-year-old cat named Charlie showed up at Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control on Monday. Workers there scanned the cat and discovered Charlie had a microchip that identified Virginia Fryback of Fort Wayne as its owner.
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Fryback says Charlie disappeared from her home five years ago and she thought she'd never see him again. She thanks the veterinarian who convinced her to get a microchip when Charlie was a kitten.
The microchip might have saved Charlie's life. Shelter spokeswoman Peggy Bender says most people choose to adopt much younger cats.
The microchips about the size of a grain of rice transmit information via radio waves.