LISTED as dead, a cat has been reunited with its owner five years later.
Gannawarra Shire Council officers located Valentine, a silver tabby, wandering in the Cohuna township on December 11, 2019.
"Upon being taken to the Kerang pound for processing, a scan of Valentine's microchip revealed that he had been classified as deceased, with his owner's contact details still listed," Mayor Lorraine Learmonth said.
"Council staff contacted Valentine's owner, who explained that he went missing about five years ago when their family was visiting relatives in Cohuna."
Local relatives collected Valentine from council's Kerang Customer Service Centre on December 19, with Valentine returning to his suburban Melbourne home the weekend before Christmas.
"Valentine's reunion with his family is another example of how important it is to have your pet microchipped," Cr Learmonth said.
"Microchip records can be accessed by any local council or veterinary service in Australia, so it pays to keep your pet's records up to date whenever you move or change your phone number."