Lucky Leo’s back
Reunion after dogs’ home blaze:
IT WAS an emotional reunion after the devastation of the Manchester Dog’s Home fire.
And for survivor Leo, a bichon frise, and his owner Dawn Bradbury, 29, it was a moment worth waiting for.
The pair were finally together again after an agonising separation in which Dawn first feared for Leo’s life – and then thought he may never return to the family home.
The mum of four, from Offerton, who was at Cheshire Dogs’ Home with her children Preston, eight, and Isla, three, after the fire said: “I feel amazing, I just want to thank everyone for all your support.
“He’s back home with his family.
“He’s a survivor, I honestly thought he’d gone but he’s here and I just wish he could tell me the tales of his journey.
“But he’s at home and he’s going to be very well looked after. We’ve waited all night to find out about Leo and I waited all day just to make sure it was Leo – and it sure is.
“We have all been pining for him and it’s so good to have a happy ending after such a terrible incident.”
But it had been an agonising 24 hours for Dawn and her family.
Leo had gone missing during a house move, running off into Vernon Park before making it all the way to Edgeley, where he was picked up by a warden and taken to Manchester Dogs’ Home.
Dawn was due to pick him up on the day after the huge fire – so she was horrified to hear of the blaze, which tore through the kennels earlier this month.
And fear turned to panic when she turned up at the scene at 2am to discover it was Leo’s block which was on fire.
She said: “At first they said he was still there but luckily he had been moved yesterday to another block.
“What happened is horrific – I waited outside all night just to get Leo back. I was begging people to rescue him.”
Dawn Bradbury with her dog Leo who was in the dogs’ home fire