Dog missing from family for years after son’s tragic passing discovered by her microchip after having been hit by a car

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At the BARCS Animal Shelter in Baltimore, Maryland, Animal Control officer responded to a call from a concerned citizen this past weekend, who witnessed a dog being hit by a car in the Gwynn Oak neighborhood. The kind-hearted person was able to approach the dog and lift her into her car before calling. When officers arrived, because of the dog’s serious injuries, she was rushed to one of BARC’s emergency veterinary clinic partners.

The staff named her Butter Bee, and this friendly pooch had suffered fractures in both her lower jaw and jaw joint. Her injuries were so severe, her prognosis had been touch and go these last few days, and there were times the veterinarian staff were hesitant to believe the dog would have had any quality of life.

Butter Bee, however had no intentions of giving up; her life had more to accomplish, and veterinarians were soon encouraged by her progress.

Even though sweet Butter Bee was constantly whimpering and shaking from pain, she’s been trying to prove to everyone that she is alright with gentle tail wags and kisses.


Now here comes the miracle of microchips. Baltimore resident Virginia had been coping with the loss of her son, Johnathan in 2018. The young man had been a huge dog lover and owned three dogs, including a dog named Lydia who he had adopted from BARCS in 2014. When Johnathan passed, Virginia took in the three dogs to live with her – helping to ease the pain of her son’s death.

Several months later, Virginia had let Lydia outside for her morning bathroom ritual, but when it was time for the dog to come in, Lydia was gone. Since the dog’s disappearance two years ago, Virginia has never stopped looking. And then Virginia received the call from BARCS!

That’s right – Butter Bee’s microchip scanned to her last registered owner and it was Lydia who belonged to Virginia!

Lydia, who means so much to Virginia’s family not just for being a wonderful dog but also a link and constant happy reminder of her son, was found after two long years.


Virginia desperately wants to bring Lydia home, but the dog’s injuries and subsequent surgery is more than the woman can afford. Lydia needs to undergo surgery to have her face and jaw repaired. The generous Franky Fund partners have provided a significant discount for the procedures, but donations are still needed as more than 72 animals have entered the shelter in the last 30 days – also needing veterinary care to help them heal and hopefully find new homes.

Updates to follow.

Please consider giving to the Franky Fund today to help make this happy ending possible. Any additional money raised will be used for the emergency medical care of the more than 800 animals that are treated through the Franky Fund yearly.

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