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Winnebago County Animal Services recently released footage of a man named Jose and his dog Chaos reuniting after being separated for two years ago under tragic circumstances. Like all videos of reunions between animals and their human buddies, it's a full-fledged tearjerker. The moment Chaos' sense of smell identifies Jose, the waterworks begin.

The emotional impact of the scene is only magnified once you know their backstory.

According to the video's description, Jose was going through some pretty rough times after a divorce led to him being homeless. He adopted Chaos as a young pup while living out of his car, and soon asked a friend to take care of the dog until he got his life together. Three months later, when Jose returned for Chaos, the friend refused to give the dog back. Jose was shattered.

Sources: Munja Production