Monday, September 8, 2008

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (UPI) -- Police in Port St. Lucie, Fla., say a pet chip implanted in a dog accompanying a 2-year-old girl who had wandered off
helped them find the toddler's home.

Officers said they received reports of the child, identified as Annabelle Fabrizio, chasing the dog into traffic at about 7:45 a.m. Sunday, The Palm Beach Post reported Wednesday.

The police report of the incident said officers contacted an animal control
officer who traced the pet back to registered owner Barbie Molina. The woman
told police she had given the pooch to the young girl's mother, Melissa

Police said they took the toddler, who was clad only in a diaper, to her
home, where babysitter Nick Westmoreland, 16, told officers he had thought the
young girl was asleep in her room. Officers said the house's sliding door had
been left open.


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