A council zookeeper who helped reunite a stolen dog and its owner after 10 years said it was “the longest I’ve known of a dog being separated from its owners”.
llie, a 12-year-old male Chihuahua, was stolen while out walking in Beckenham, Kent, in August 2012.
He had been walking with his then 12-year-old owner, Tae Bennet.
The incident was reported to the police and the charity DogLost, but to no avail.
Ten years later, Andy Newnham, zookeeper at Hounslow Council in west London, was made aware of the appearance of a stray dog in the Hounslow Heath area.
Just days later, on March 27th, Ollie and Ms. Bennet were reunited thanks to a microchip.
“It’s a remarkable case, the longest I’ve known of, of a dog being separated from its owners,” said Mr Newnham.
Ms Bennet said: “It was crazy. I had just woken up from a nap and burst into tears when I found out.
“It was a terrible thing that happened to me at that age and it was traumatic, but this is a happy ending and we’re all spoiling it badly.”
Karen Harding, part of DogLost’s police liaison team, said: “We remember when the incident first happened when the dog was snatched from Tae’s hands, so it’s amazing that they are reunited.
“Since early 2021, over 11,000 dogs in our database have been reported stolen or missing – about half of them have been reunited with their owners.
“But these are the stories we want to tell; We also urge owners to chip their dogs and keep their details up to date.
“In some cases, like Ollie, a dog’s appearance changes so much that it goes undetected, underscoring the importance of a microchip.”
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/britain/its-a-remarkable-case-dog-reunited-with-owner-10-years-after-being-stolen-41505903.html ‘It’s a remarkable case’: Dog reunited with owner 10 years after theft