Lucky Leo’s back

Re­union after dogs’ home blaze:

Stockport Times West - - FRONT PAGE - CHAR­LOTTE COX

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

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