It wasn’t the ideal start to 2020 for Savannah Marino. Shortly after the new year began, she and her family returned from their grandmother’s house to find their Maltipoo, Byron, was missing from their Houston home.

The Marino family stayed up until nearly 3 a.m. searching for Byron before deciding to continue their search in the morning. Byron was microchipped, and the family made sure their contact information was up-to-date and marked Byron as missing in case he was found.

The search continued for another 14 months.

“Always checking wherever we could think of like the Nextdoor app, anything,” Marino told USA TODAY. “We spent countless hours just out there on the street looking for him.”

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