|Reunited after 170 mile separation
A STOLEN dog has been reunited with her family again after being taken from her owner's garden in Sandbach, Cheshire, last October with the help of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in Old Windsor.
Two-year-old Tinker was brought into Battersea's Berkshire centre after she was found wandering the streets, frightened and alone, over 170 miles away from home, in Finchampstead, Wokingham, on Boxing Day.
Luckily, Tinker had a microchip which was registered to a breeder. However, as the breeder was no longer her owner, it was clear that reuniting the dog with her family would not be an easy task. Thankfully, the breeder had mutual friends with Tinker's owners and managed to alert them. Tinker's owner was hugely relieved, as their dog had been stolen from her three months beforehand.
Upon hearing the news, Tinker's owner Laura Pryce made the 345 mile-round trip to collect Tinker and bring her home.
Tinker's owner, Laura Pryor, said: "When Tinker was taken from our garden we are all absolutely devastated. Even though she's a dog, Tinker is absolutely part of our family and having to spend Christmas without her at home was awful. When I got the call to say she'd been found I was overjoyed to know that she was safe."
Even though the process wasn't straightforward, it was all thanks to Tinker's microchip that she was able to be traced back to her owners.
It became compulsory for all owners to have their dog microchipped in 2016.
Each month, Battersea logs around 300 reports of lost dogs and cats and reunites over 1000 animals with their owners every year.
Kaye Mughal, Centre Manager at Battersea Old Windsor said: "While we will never know exactly what happened to Tinker and how she ended up so far away from home, the main thing is that she's now back with her family, where she belongs. All of us at Battersea are happy to have been able to keep Tinker safe, warm and happy before Laura came for her."
"We'd definitely remind dog owners to ensure that their dog is microchipped and that their chip details are up to date so that if they ever do go missing, you can be reunited with them as soon as possible."
For more information about lost dogs, please visit- https://www.battersea.org.uk/pet-advice/lost-and-found-dog-advice