A happy end­ing for lucky lost Labrador

Driver res­cues dog found cow­er­ing un­der a car

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Goolis­tan Cooper ed­i­to­ri­aluxbridge@trin­i­tysouth.co.uk

A MAN who spot­ted a lost dog dodg­ing cars in a road has helped re­unite it with its own­ers.

Man­jin­der Bains saw the young Labrador while driv­ing along Corona­tion Road, Hayes on Thurs­day morn­ing last week.

He watched the dis­tressed an­i­mal nar­rowly avoid pass­ing traf­fic and cower un­der a car be­fore tak­ing it to a vet where it was for­tu­itously re­turned to its car­ers.

Mr Bains was driv­ing to Vil­liers High School in Southall, where he works as di­rec­tor of fi­nance, when he saw the dog at around 9.30am.

The 32-year-old an­i­mal lover, who owns a cou­ple of dogs him­self, said: “A driver had just man­aged to dodge the dog, which was now hid­ing un­der a car, he was scared.

“I pulled over and went to­wards the dog. I knelt down near it, and he started sniff­ing me. I wanted to gain his trust.”

A passerby said the dog be­longed to a per­son a few doors away, but when this proved in­cor­rect, Mr Bains spent more time with the pet be­fore pick­ing him up and plac­ing the an­i­mal in his car.

He knocked on more doors and drove around nearby Cran­ford Park to speak to dog walk­ers there but had no joy find­ing the owner.

Mr Bains even­tu­ally re­turned with the an­i­mal to his home in Daw­ley Road, Hayes, where he and his wife wrapped a coat around the cold and shiv­er­ing dog and fed it some food.

He then took the an­i­mal to An­i­mals Are Us vets in Sta­tion Road, Hayes, at around 10.45am, hop­ing a scan of the mi­crochip would re­veal the dog’s ad­dress.

How­ever, the pet had not been chipped and Mr Bains was faced with the prospect of hand­ing the dog over to the RSPCA or Bat­tersea Dogs’ Home.

He said: “I didn’t want to do that.

“The dog had a col­lar and was well-man­nered, he would sit and walk on com­mand.

“You could tell he had been trained.”

But as he was get­ting into his car, a re­cep­tion­ist ran out of the prac­tice to say that some­one was on the phone ask­ing if a six­month-old white lab had been handed in after get­ting lost on its morn­ing walk.

It later emerged that the dog was be­ing taken for a stroll by a dog walker, and a good friend of the the owner, when it got lost, and it is still un­known if the owner of the dog was aware of their pet’s plight. The pet and car­ers were united not long after 11am.

Mr Bains thinks the dog was lucky. He said: “It just nar­rowly avoided a car, and I was lucky to drive by and see and help him.

“Also he didn’t have a chip and I was just about to drive away from the vets when they phoned in.

“So know­ing this is a na­tional of an­i­mal lovers I thought this was a nice story with a happy end­ing.”

n GOOD SA­MAR­I­TAN: Man­jin­der Bains found a lost Labrador at the road­side in Hayes

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