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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A Virginia family was reunited with their dog after he went missing three years ago.

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Judith Doughty said Skylar, a 6-year-old Maltese, disappeared after going outside with another dog, WTKR reported.

The family searched but was unable to find him. Last week, Sherae Battle was driving with her children to a hospital when they saw a dog.

“He was just walking in the street, and I’m like, ‘Oh, my gracious,’ so I did a U-turn in the middle of the street,” Battle said.

They followed the dog into a wooded area, where they were able to lure him back out with some Goldfish crackers. They kept him for two days until they took him to the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter when it reopened. He was found about 15 miles from where he went missing.

The shelter said Skylar appeared to have been taken care of. They found his microchip and called the phone number on it, and Doughty’s daughter Ginger Vassar answered.

“I could hardly speak to (Vassar) because she was screaming in excitement,” said Susan Jacobs, who works at the shelter.

They arranged for Doughty to visit the shelter but she did not know why. She was surprised when Skylar walked out.

“He started licking me; I started crying,” Doughty said. “It was a miracle to me. I still can’t believe I got him back after three years.”