Family dog's microchip saves missing toddler

By Juan Carlos Fanjul email
Posted by Rachel Leigh email

PORT ST LUCIE, FL (WFLX) - A Port St. Lucie mother is reunited with her 2-year-old daughter after the toddler went missing this past weekend.

The woman, out for the night, had hired a babysitter to take care of her child. It no doubt could have been a tragedy if it weren't for the family dog.

"I was flipping, I couldn't believe it," described Melissa Fabrizio.

She was stunned after getting a call from police saying her daughter, Annabelle, had been wandering the streets with her beloved dog, Willy, near the family's Port St. Lucie home.

Saturday night, a 16-year-old neighbor was babysitting the toddler and her brother. "He forgot to lock the door. She woke up before he did and decided to let the dog out and went following."

So, on the streets she was, dashing between cars following the Shar Pei mix across Southwest Tulip Boulevard.

Thankfully, people, like Ajusta Williams, stopped their cars and quickly got out. "All she could say was doggie... I grabbed the child as she called 911. Me and three other dudes pulled over and knocked on a couple of doors."

That didn't help, but when the cops and animal care and control showed up, Annabelle's luck changed.

You see, her furry friend carries a micro chip, registered to its previous owners, and that was good enough for cops to track the current owner down, Annabelle's mom. "Thanking God her guardian angels were looking out for her."

Needless to say, that babysitter will no longer be watching little Annabelle.