Family’s plea to be reunited with dog
Terrier rehomed after going missing while owners were on holiday
A FAMILY has been left distraught after they got back from holiday to find their dog had been re-homed.
Michael Lockwood, from Gloucestershire, had left his children’s much-loved border terrier, Chocolate, being looked after by a friend in Hayes while the family were in the Philippines.
But the little dog escaped from his foster family on December 18 and was found by a member of the public in Horton Close, Hayes, the same day and reported to Hillingdon Council.
An advert was placed on the website DogLost but as no one responded Chocolate was handed over to SDK Environmental in Slough, and then found new owners via Battersea Dogs Home in just four days. Mr Lockwood, a 35-year-old bar manager, found out about it when he flew into Heathrow on January 7 and was given the bad news by his friends.
He said: “I couldn’t talk, I was shocked. My children started crying and my wife just burst into tears.
“We phoned Battersea Dogs Home who put us through to the dog warden at SDK. They just bluntly said, with no sympathy: ‘Your dog has been re-homed’.
“I’ve looked into how many dogs go into kennels and get re-homed within four days – hardly ever.”
Although Mr Lockwood is grateful Chocolate is safe, living without the pedigree border terrier has been tough for his wife, Miriam, and children, nine-year-old Leah and eight-year-old and Jacob.
“Leah’s got thousands of photos of him on her phone and her iPad. I don’t know what to say to her. I feel like I’ve lost a part of the family,” added Mr Lockwood.
He hopes the new owners will find it in their hearts to return Chocolate, and is even offering a reward.
He said: “I’m glad he’s alive and we know what happened to him. It would have been even more of an emotional roller coaster for us if we still didn’t know. We just want him back, it would mean the world – he’s a part of the family.”
A Hillingdon Council spokesperson said: ‘We are sorry for the loss suffered by Mr Lockwood’s family and hope that no one else has a similar experience. This sad case reinforces the need for dog owners everywhere to microchip their dogs, give them an ID tag and always call the council immediately if their dog goes missing.”
If you have re-homed Chocolate and would like to get in touch with the previous owners, email katherine. email@example.com.
n DISTRAUGHT: The Lockwood’s including daughter Leah want Chocolate returned