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Buddy and Jessica Rowe are together again. (KTAR Photo: Jim Cross)

PHOENIX -- A Pekingese dog that ran away from home in Mesa during a monsoon almost two years ago has been found in central Phoenix.

Buddy literally ran into the back of a Phoenix patrol cruiser last Friday around 15th Avenue and Camelback Road. Officer Don Martin wrapped the dog up in a blanket and rushed it to a veterinarian. Martin even picked up the tab along with Officer Mim Cohane, who also gave the owner a goodie basket for Buddy.

Buddy has been reunited with his owner, Jessica Rowe. A single mom of four, Rowe can't believe her dog is alive after all this time roaming the Valley.

"I don't have a lot of money, if it had come down to having to pay the vet bill, I couldn't have gotten Buddy back," she said.

As happy as she is to see Buddy home, her 5-year-old daughter was even more delighted.

Buddy had a microchip that helps track lost animals but it was outdated. Police used good old-fashioned investigative work to track down the owner, who now lives in the West Valley.

Jim Cross, Reporter

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