Lurcher chases thief

Harefield Gazette - - LEISURE -

WE WOULD like to give one fi­nal push to try and find homes for the an­i­mals in our care be­fore Christ­mas, and we are hold­ing one of our popular re­hom­ing days at the Hilling­don clinic on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 6.

While we al­ways re­in­force the mes­sage that an an­i­mal is for life and not just for Christ­mas – and we cer­tainly would not en­dorse buy­ing an an­i­mal for a Christ­mas gift for some­one else – at a fes­tive time of the year it can be lovely to wel­come a new ad­di­tion to the fam­ily home through our adop­tion sys­tem, which al­ways en­sures re­spon­si­ble re­hom­ing of the an­i­mals in our care.

There will be cats, kit­tens, dogs, rab­bits and guinea pigs that are so des­per­ate for a loving fam­ily to adopt them be­fore Christ­mas comes.

The re­hom­ing day is at our clinic in Cres­cent Pa­rade, Uxbridge Road, Hilling­don, UB10 0LG, 9.30am-3pm.

If you would like to find out more, please ring the re­hom­ing team on 01895 833 417. WHEN Kate Al­liott adopted her dog Imo­gen, she had no idea how valu­able she would prove to be.

Just three weeks after join­ing the fam­ily home, the 10-month-old Lurcher alerted her new owner to a bur­glar and chased him away.

Ms Al­liott and her 12-year-old daugh­ter Grace were up­stairs in bed when Imo­gen started bark­ing.

Ms Al­liott went down­stairs to in­ves­ti­gate and found both the kitchen door and the gar­den gate wide open. Ven­tur­ing out­side, she saw a young man sat on her moped – but he ran off when ap­proached.

CCTV footage ob­tained by the po­lice showed there had in fact been two men in the house that evening. How­ever, no ar­rests were made as the would-be thieves, who wore hood­ies, could not be iden­ti­fied.

Ms Al­liott, 47, said: “I dread to think of what the thieves might have taken if Imo­gen hadn’t been around. I don’t think I would have even known they’d been in the house un­til the fol­low­ing morn­ing if it hadn’t been for her.

“My daugh­ter and I feel so much safer hav­ing Imo­gen with us. I don’t want to imag­ine what could have hap­pened if Imo­gen hadn’t been there.

“She re­ally is mine and my daugh­ter’s su­per-dog.”

Ms Al­liott, who lives in Ful­ham, adopted Imo­gen from Dogs Trust Hare­field.

Richard Moore, man­ager at the re­hom­ing cen­tre, said: “We think all of our dogs are su­per-dogs, but Imo­gen has gone one step fur­ther to demon­strate why she de­serves this ti­tle.”

The Dogs Trust was founded in 1891 and is the largest dog wel­fare char­ity in the UK, with 19 re­hom­ing cen­tres across the coun­try.

The Hare­field branch, in Harvil Road, cares for about 120 dogs at any given time.

n ‘SU­PER-DOG’: Grace Al­liott with her lurcher Imo­gen

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