Several months after it was stolen from Red Deer, a woman and her beloved pet dog are being reunited.

The animal was found running around at South Bear Creek Park Sunday, and was picked up by a bylaw officer.

Two people approached the officer saying they could return the dog to its owner, but instead it was taken to the regional pound.

Once there, a scan of its microchip showed the contact information of its owner, and that it had been reported stolen.

The theft is now under investigation, and Chris Manuel, Manager of City Enforcement, is encouraging dog owners to get a microchip implanted in their pet for situations just like this.

The non-invasive procedure doesn’t cause any pain, and runs around $100.