GILROY, Calif. (TND) — Police are investigating how a lost dog wearing a Gilroy, California license tag was found 5,600 miles away in a small German village.
The Gilroy Police Foundation said in a Facebook post that they received a message about the dog along with pictures of the bone-shaped dog tag.
The foundation wrote in the Facebook comments that they suspect the dog belongs to a U.S. military family and that while someone did pick up the dog, it was not the owner. They said, "The individual who contacted us was only trying to help a neighbor reunite the dog with its owner and did a search on Facebook and found us."
Police said the owner has been "located."
"Moral of the story, good idea to license your dog. You never know where they might turn up."
Gilroy, known as the garlic capital of the world, is a town of about 55,000 people and sits about 35 minutes south of San Jose.
No word yet on a potential reunion between the dog and the original owner.
In the Facebook post, The Gilroy Police Foundation responded to a comment thanking them for sharing the story, saying:
"We think he went in search of some Würstchen."
Würstchen is German for "hot dog."