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Dog found in southeast France after going missing for 10 years

The now-12-year-old dog went missing two years after being adopted by his original owners, and was found more than 300km away by police

A Český Fousek (Czech breed of hunting dog) dog looking at the camera

The Český Fousek dog named Fitou was found by municipal police more than 300km away from his original home (image for illustration only) Pic: Jan Danek jdm.foto / Shutterstock

A 12-year-old dog has been reunited with his original owners in southeast France after having gone missing more than 10 years ago.

The Český Fousek (a Czech breed of hunting dog) was found by municipal police in Saint-Chély-d’Apcher (Lozère, Occitanie) on June 27. 

He was taken to an animal shelter, before being identified by his microchip. This showed that he originally belonged to a family living in Le Barroux, Vaucluse (Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur), more than 300km away.

On July 2, the dog – whose name is Fitou – was reunited with his original owners after they travelled the 500km to pick him up.

Born in 2010, Fitou had been adopted at the age of three months. He went missing in 2012 during a walk with his owner. Attempts to find him had always been in vain. 

Now, the owners say that Fitou appears to be in good health and looks to have been well-treated over the past 10 years, but they do not know who or with whom he has been living.

Yet, the dog appeared to recognise his original owners when the group was finally reunited.

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