Fam­ily’s plea to be re­united with dog

Ter­rier re­homed af­ter go­ing miss­ing while own­ers were on hol­i­day

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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. cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com.

n DIS­TRAUGHT: The Lock­wood’s in­clud­ing daugh­ter Leah want Choco­late re­turned

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