Microchip reunites family after 10 years apart


Microchipping has proved itself a worthwhile investment for one family after they were reunited with their Staffordshire Bull terrier following ten years apart.

Sion Cox was only 11-years-old when his beloved pet Chance went missing, but despite putting up posters, Sion’s mother, Julie Coombes, was unable to locate their pet and the family gave up hope of seeing him again.

But 10 years later, Chance was found in a city centre underpass and taken to a dogs home, where he was scanned for a microchip.

After the scan revealed the family’s name and address, the dogs home contacted Julie and told her that Chance had been found.

She said: “We went to the dog’s home and recognised Chance straight away. It was very emotional seeing him again after 10 years, but I am certain he recognised us.”

Sion, who is now 21-years-old, was delighted to be reunited with his pet after such a long time apart. He said: “It’s crazy, I never thought he would come back, at all.”

If you would like to get your pet microchipped contact your local vet or search online for free microchipping events in your local area.




RSPCA appeal for Swansea dog owner

The RSPCA are appealing for the owner of a lost dog to come forward after it was left on a train in Swansea.


The dog, a small brown Chihuahua, was left on a train that terminated at Swansea station on Thursday 16 January. It was found in a carry case on the Arriva Trains’ Manchester Piccadilly to Carmarthen service.

The RSPCA, who received the dog from train staff, have said that the dog does not have a tag and, although micro-chipped, the pet log has been unable to trace an owner. The dog is thought to be elderly but is in good health.

Inspector Nic De Celis said: “There could be someone out there who is missing this dog and is frantic with worry and we’d really like to reunite them with their pet.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 leaving details for Insp Nic De Celis 732.

‘K’ marks the spot of dog thefts in Cheshire

Gangs of dog thieves in the Alsager area, Chesire, have been identifying their victims with a letter ‘K’ on their driveways, police revealed.

Lookouts have been leaving a ‘K’ in crayon or spray paint in owners driveways to identify houses with valuable dogs that are worth stealing and selling.

Burglars then return later and take the dogs in an online black market trade, selling them for thousands of pounds a time.

Police estimate that there has been a 17 per cent increase in dog thefts in the UK over the last year, with 3,500 thefts reported in 2012.

Dog thieves regularly steal from back gardens or outhouses but there has been an increase in dog thefts from inside houses and on dog walks.

The RSPCA has suggested that owners report any suspicious behaviour to the police, and that dogs should be supervised while in a secure garden.

It is also highly advisable that dog owners get their dogs microchipped; although it is hard to find dogs once they are stolen, there are a number of cases where new owners have taken their dog to the vets and found out via the microchip that they belong to someone else.

There are a number of breeds being targeted including trained working dogs, chihuahuas and other ‘designer’ breeds, fighting dogs and, more recently, there has been a rise in the theft of cocker spaniels after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge adopted one of their own.