'I'm Amazed She Survived Five New England Winters': Owner Reunites With Dog Lost 5 Years Ago

Bay went missing from a dog sitter’s house in Framingham in June 2016. WBZ-TV's Rachel Holt reports.

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- New at 10:00, a long lost dog has finally been found. The dog, named Bay, ran away from a dog sitter in June of 2016 and hadn't been seen since. That is, until this past Tuesday. WBZ's Rachel Holt picks up the story from there.

RENEE PERRY: To get her back, I think it's an understatement to say it was a miracle, because it's just crazy. It's surreal.

RACHEL HOLT: It's an improbable moment Renee Perry had thought about four or five years. A reunion with her foster dog, Bay.

RENEE PERRY: But I did like to think about what it would look like if I were to get her back. So it was a pleasant surprise. I mean, the shock.

RACHEL HOLT: Bay went missing from a dog sitter's house in Framingham in June 2016.

RENEE PERRY: Absolutely. She was always in my mind. Always.

RACHEL HOLT: Search efforts were in vain. Still, Renee remained hopeful. And on Tuesday, she got an unexpected call. Her dog had been found in Needham about 10 miles from where she went missing.

RENEE PERRY: I didn't believe it at first. I saw the pictures, and it did look like her. But her nose was darker. She just looked heavier. She just looked different.

RACHEL HOLT: A couple found the dog wandering outside their home and reached out to Missing Dogs Massachusetts, who then set up a kennel trap in their yard.

DEB NEWPORT: It was probably within a couple hours of trapping her, once her microchip was scanned, that we found out her story. And as soon as Renee got out of work, she was reunited with her.

RENEE PERRY: To the family that let them set up a cage in their yard, for everything, I'm grateful for them.

RACHEL HOLT: On Tuesday, Renee took Bay to the vet to get a checkup and vaccines. By all accounts, she's one healthy and brave dog.

- Yeah, I'm amazed she survived five New England winters. But yeah, a resilient little dog.

RENEE PERRY: Take those baby steps and go back to putting the leash on her and trying to get her to walk on a leash. And that's our goal, is to keep going where we left off five years ago.

RACHEL HOLT: For WBZ News, I'm Rachel Holt.