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Coco home at last

Coco, the dog left stranded in France, is now safely back in the UK with her owners. As reported in OUR DOGS, the chocolate labrador spent two weeks in French kennels after her microchipped failed.

Jane and Richard Birtwistle and their baby son Joshua from Bury travelled to France to collect their beloved pet last weekend.

The family had originally been told that Coco may have to stay in France for up to six months. But luckily the microchip number was retrieved and the paperwork completed to allow Coco to return home.

Now Jane and Richard plan to campaign for a change in the law to that now other dog has to go through a similar trauma. They want dogs to be DNA tested when they have microchips fitted as a back up precaution for instances when microchips fail.

The couple have enlisted the help of their local MP David Chaytor who plans to ask David Miliband, Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Farms and Rural Affairs, if the government will consider the DNA testing option.