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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Contact Information: Joan Olson (630) 407-6015 or Evan Shields (630) 407-6022

Saturday, December 5, 2020

DuPage Animal Services Reunites Dog, Owner Separated for Three Years

When Debra Mejeur lost her dog, Lola, in October 2017, she never thought she would see her furry friend again. But thanks to a microchip, DuPage County Animal Services reunited Debra and her husband Steven Mejeur with Lola on Saturday.

Lola, black Labrador mix, wandered away from a home in Elk Grove Village where her owners were visiting friends in 2017. Mejeur searched the area for a month before giving up hope of finding the dog again.

Earlier this week, a Glendale Heights resident found the dog and was able to bring her in to DuPage Animal Services. That’s when staff found the microchip and were able to determine Mejeur was the owner.

“I just lost it,” Debra Mejeur said, referring to the phone call she received from Animal Services. “I started crying.”

Animal Services Committee Chairman Brian Krajewski said this story underscores the importance of microchipping pets.

“It’s extremely important to microchip your animal. If someone comes across a stray and brings them to us, we can scan them and reunite them with the family. If you don’t microchip, it’s a lot more difficult,” Krajewski said.

To view a video of the reunion, please go to