Hearty re­union for dog, owner

South Waikato News - - Motoring - TE AHUA MAIT­LAND

Carolyn Smith has been re­united with her Bri­tish Bull­dog, Hearty, who was was taken from her ken­nel four months ago.it was a re­union that Carolyne Smith had al­most given up on.

Four months ago, her Bri­tish Bull­dog, Hearty, was taken from her ken­nel at Smith’s prop­erty in Tokoroa.

‘‘We were dev­as­tated. She’s a part of the fam­ily and we just couldn’t carry on.’’

Smith, 35, and her two sons scoured the streets every day look­ing for her.

‘‘We never sort of gave up, but al­ways in the back of head I thought, we might never get her back.’’

On Fri­day, she re­ceived a phone call from the South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil an­i­mal con­trol. They told her they needed to see her, and to come down to the coun­cil build­ing.

She saw Hearty and broke down in tears, greet­ing her dog with plenty of hugs and af­fec­tion.

‘‘They were un­sure it was her, and I guess they didn’t want to get my hopes up over the phone.’’

‘‘But I knew straight away. It was her.’’

The emo­tional mo­ment was cap­tured and posted on the SWDC Face­book page. The video has re­ceived over 2000 likes, 470 shares and hun­dreds of com­ments.

Hearty was up­lifted from a prop­erty in Tokoroa af­ter an­i­mal con­trol re­ceived a tip off.

The 7-year-old bull­dog has been with the fam­ily since she was a puppy.

‘‘When she was a puppy she had a per­fect heart shape on her back, near her bum.

‘‘It was the cutest, per­fect shaped heart ever, so we called her Hearty.’’

Smith said they will now take her to the vets for a full check-up.

‘‘She is a changed dog at the mo­ment. I’ve picked up a few lit­tle things, she’s lost a lot of weight, has a big cyst on her chest and has been ill-treated.

‘‘But the boys are stoked to have her home and we’ve given her a re­ally good bath.’’

She said Hearty is now never left alone, and is be­ing kept in­side for now.

Ad­vice from the SPCA: If your pet goes miss­ing it’s im­por­tant that you try a va­ri­ety of meth­ods to get them back home safely and don’t just rely on one method to work.

Make sure your con­tact de­tails are up-to-date on the mi­crochip.

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