12/11/2013 02:31 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Christmas Miracle! Woman Finds Her Lost Dog 9 Years After The Pup Went Missing

Milissa Mae says it's a Christmas miracle.

Her Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Niamh is finally home -- nine years after the dog went missing, according to Sky News.

In 2004, Niamh escaped through a gap in the fence of Mae's home in Worcester, England. Mae, 47, was distraught and eventually gave up hope.

"I didn't think I'd ever see her again," she told SWNS.

But fate decided to step in last week when an animal sanctuary called to say Niamh had been found in Wiltshire, England -- nearly 80 miles from her home. Rescuers were able to identify her from her microchip, according to Sky News.

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On Monday, Mae and Niamh reunited at Bath Cats and Dogs Home, a shelter for "lost, abused, sick, injured, and unwanted animals."

The overjoyed owner told SWNS that she believes someone's been looking out for Niamh, now 12, over the years. But the pooch immediately recognized Mae as her "mum," and she's now back at home.

“She’s gone a little deaf and a little grey," Mae told SWNS, "but otherwise she’s just the same."

In March, a couple in Texas was reunited with their dog, who went missing during a rainstorm two years earlier. The pup was 700 miles away from its El Paso home.

H/T: Metro News



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