MI­CRO-CHIPPED: Re­united with tiny Tommy after three years

Pet owner ‘amazed’ at the re­turn of pet chi­huahua Tommy

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Zoe Drewett zoe.drewett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A PET owner is over­joyed after be­ing re­united with her chi­huahua Tommy – three years after he went miss­ing.

Tommy had been miss­ing since he es­caped from the home of his loving owner Charlie Horn, in Heath Road, Hayes End, in 2011.

He was found on Novem­ber 16 wan­der­ing around in Har­row and was picked up by a dog war­den who checked him for a mi­crochip.

Un­able to get hold of Ms Horn, the dog war­den in­stead spoke to her fa­ther, Gra­ham, who said he was ‘ab­so­lutely as­ton­ished’ to be told that Tommy had been found.

The res­cued pooch and his re­lieved owner have now been re­united and Tommy is get­ting to know the other dogs Ms Horn has taken un­der her wing since his dis­ap­pear­ance.

She said: “Tommy was three when he dis­ap­peared. We’d been on hol­i­day and a fam­ily mem­ber was house-sit­ting to care for the dogs.

“Some­how, on the last night of our hol­i­day, he es­caped. We spent days search­ing for him and con­tact­ing vets and lo­cal res­cue cen­tres, but with­out suc­cess. “It was dev­as­tat­ing.” The events man­ager said she felt ex­tremely glad she had Tommy mi­cro- chipped.

“To find out, out of the blue, three years later, that he’d been found was amaz­ing,” she said. “He’s ob­vi­ously been well looked after be­cause he’s put on weight – a bit too much ac­tu­ally – but now it’s as if he’s never been away and he’s re­ally en­joy­ing play­ing with our other dogs.

“Thank good­ness we had him mi­cro-chipped – we’re so glad to have him home.”

God­dard Vet­eri­nary Group vet Hazel Lee checked the lucky pooch over on his re­turn home at the vets in Uxbridge Road, Hayes End.

She now wants to en­cour­age other pet own­ers to follow Ms Horn’s lead and get their pets mi­cro-chipped.

“We’re so glad Tommy is safely home but, un­for­tu­nately, there are many sim­i­lar sto­ries with

He’s ob­vi­ously

been well looked after be­cause he’s put on weight”

no happy end­ing – an­i­mals that just dis­ap­pear or are brought into us as strays but are not chipped so we have no way of iden­ti­fy­ing their owner,” she said.

“Get­ting your pet chipped is the best way to pro­tect them.

“It’s a sim­ple and in­ex­pen­sive pro­ce­dure and re­ally does in­crease the like­li­hood that, should your pet dis­ap­pear in what­ever cir­cum­stances, you may be re­united or at least find out what hap­pened to them.”

n RE­UNITED: Charlie Horn with Tommy

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