Tearful reunion for Dorset couple after lost lurcher puppy wanders into Romney Marsh garden - PHOTO

Contributed by editor on Oct 27, 2015 - 08:20 PM


A puppy which went missing from its home in Dorset four months ago has been reunited with its owners after being found 300 miles away on Romney Marsh.

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No-one knows what she’s been through in the past few months

Lady the lurcher wandered into Robert Swinhoe’s garden in Orgaswick Farm Lane, Burmarsh, on Monday.

Dog lover Mr Swinhoe managed to entice her into his house and gave her food and water while he contacted Shepway District Council’s dog warden, who checked the dog for a microchip. .

From the details given by the chip company, the warden managed to contact owners Oliver Bennett and Lucy Eke.

The owners immediately set out on the long journey from Dorset and had a tearful reunion with Lady later the same day.

The couple were living in Dorchester when the puppy went missing from their front garden in June.

“She was only a few months old when she went missing and when we saw her on Monday it was a bit of a shock to see how much she had grown. But I knew it was her by the ginger markings on her ears and along her back,” said Lucy.

Lucy and Oliver, who now live in Bournemouth, are helping Lady adjust to home life again.

“She was such a cheeky puppy and full of life. She’s very quiet at the moment and will obviously take a bit of time to settle. No-one knows what she’s been through in the past few months.”

Cllr Stuart Peall, Shepway District Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, said the story showed the value for owners in having their dogs micro-chipped, and keeping their details on the chip up to date.

“If it hadn’t been for a microchip, this story may not have had such a happy ending. I am so pleased Lady is back with her owners and I am sure she will soon settle back into a happy home life.

“Micro-chipping means puppies can be traced back to their breeders which helps reduce the problems of puppy farming, deters dog theft and, as this story has shown, helps us reunite dogs with their owners.”

• From the 6 April 2016, all dogs must be microchipped and registered to an approved database by the time they are eight weeks old.


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