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FRAMINGHAM (CBS) – It’s an improbable moment Renee Perry had thought about for five years: a reunion with her foster dog, Bay.

“I did like to think about what it would like if I were to get her back. It was a pleasant surprise. I mean, a shock. A complete shock,” said Perry.

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Bay went missing from a dog sitter’s house in Framingham in June 2016, when she was 1½ years old.

Bay was missing for five years before being reunited with her owner (WBZ-TV)

“To get her back … I think it’s an understatement to say it’s a miracle because it’s just crazy. It’s surreal,” said Perry.

Search efforts were in vain. Still, Perry remained hopeful, and on Tuesday, she got an unexpected call. Her dog had been found in Needham, about 10 miles from where she went missing.

“I didn’t believe it at first. I saw the pictures, and it did look like her but her nose was darker; she just looked heavier; she just looked different,” said Perry.

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A couple found the dog wandering outside their home and reached out to Missing Dogs Massachusetts, a nonprofit organization that works to reunite missing dogs with their families. MDM then set up a kennel trap in the couple’s yard.

“It was probably within a couple hours of trapping her and her microchip was scanned that we found out her story, and as soon as Renee got out of work, she was reunited with her,” said Deb Newport, a volunteer with Missing Dogs Massachusetts.

“To the family that let them set up a cage in their yard, I’m forever thankful for them,” said Perry.

On Tuesday, Perry took Bay to the vet to get a check-up and vaccines. By all accounts, she’s one healthy, and brave, dog.

“I’m amazed she survived five New England winters. But yeah, a resilient little dog,” said Danielle Matthew, a Missing Dogs Massachusetts volunteer.

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“Take those baby steps. Go back to putting the leash on her and trying to get her to walk on a leash and that’s our goal, to keep going where we left off five years ago,” said Perry.

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We Lost Two Family Members in One Day, Mourners Tell CNN Reporter at Vigil for Indianapolis Shooting Victims

CNN reporter Jason Carroll interviewed grieving family members at a vigil in Indianapolis for a mass shooting at a FedEx facility Thursday night. The gunman was a former employee of that location. He killed eight people, four of whom were members of the local Sikh community, before turning the gun on himself.

“How is the community responding, and what have police been able to find out so far?” asked CNN Newsroom anchor Pamela Brown, calling it “heartbreaking” that America had seen at least 45 mass shootings in just the past month.

Carroll noted that family, friends, and local residents were starting to gather at a park for a candlelight vigil for the shooting victims, and some of them had asked to speak to reporters. “The Sikh community feels especially targeted because,” said Carroll, “many of the people who work at that FedEx facility were members of the Sikh community.”

The victims ranged in age from 74 years old to the two youngest, who were both 19 years old.

“She was the most amiable in the family, most diligent, dedicated,” said one woman as she held up a photo of her family member who had died. “Today we were supposed to have a big celebration, but now we are mourning, we are in grief.”

“We lost two family members in one day,” said another woman. “It’s completely devastating for us. We never expected something like this to happen.”

“We never expected that, you know, they would go to work and we would never see them again,” she continued, adding that one of the victims was her aunt who wasn’t supposed to be at work that day.

“She was supposed to take the day off but then she decided, oh, well, let me just go in. Didn’t know she was — she wasn’t going to come–” she choked up and had to pause before continuing.

“We never expected that something like this would happen to us,” she said. “We read about gun violence every single day. It’s not acceptable anymore. Something needs to be done about it. Our government, everyone, we need to do something about this.”

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