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COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - An Italian greyhound that spent eight months on the lam is back in his southwestern Illinois home after being returned from where he turned up more than 900 miles away.

Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis reports 5-year-old Dauz went missing from the Dausman family's fenced Collinsville yard in July of last year, only to turn up last month at an animal shelter in Fairfax, Va.

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Alicia Dausman believes Dauz was stolen by a friend's family member who temporarily was living with them.

Dauz was reunited after the Virginia shelter scanned the digital identification chip implanted in the dog's neck and notified the family.

Dausman says the pet is thinner, lighter in color and barks raspier, but appears happy to be home.

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