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Stolen dogs to be reunited with owner after five years

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Two 10-year-old basset hounds, Allie and Bama, were found five years after being stolen. Two 10-year-old basset hounds, Allie and Bama, were found five years after being stolen.
PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. -

Two dogs stolen in Tennessee more than five years have been are being reunited with their owners this weekend.

The two 10-year-old basset hounds were taken in Murfreesboro, Tenn. in 2006.  Paudling County animal control officers said they were found outside a business in Hiram on July 4.

"How they made it to Paulding County, Ga. -- I have no idea. They actually made it here together," said Sgt. Tony Collum of the Paulding County Marshal Bureau.

Officials scanned the dogs and found a microchip in Bama, which led them to the owner, Brenda Davis, who now lives in Kansas.

"She was just ecstatic. She's cried everyday. I've been in contact by phone and email, sending her pictures and updates," said Aileen Culberson, of the Paulding County Animal Control.

Davis said she is thankful that the dogs were found and amazed that they stayed together.

Animal control officers say the basset hounds can't stand to be separated from each other.

The dogs, Allie and Bama, will be re-united with Davis this weekend.  

Several animal rescue groups have volunteered to drive the pups to St. Louis, where their family will pick them up -- a journey that's now being called "Operation Sweet Home Allie Bama"

"To get animals home like this, it makes up for all the bad we see. It's just awesome," said Culberson.

The Kansas family will pick up the dogs in St. Louis on Sunday.

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