Wednesday 22 January 2014
A dog has been reunited with his owners after wandering away from his new home in Monmouthshire.

English bull terrier, Dylan went missing from his home in Gilwern on Tuesday 14th January 2014. His owners had only recently moved to the house and Dylan managed to escape from an outdoor run he was in while builders worked on the property.

Four days later on Saturday January 18th, RSPCA Cymru received a report of a collapsed dog in Gilwern and went to investigate.

Dylan was found cowered down in a hollow. He was soaking wet, cold and shivering but fortunately uninjured.  After persuading him to come out of the hollow, animal welfare officer Sian Burton scanned Dylan and found he was microchipped and also had a post-it note attached to his collar with a handwritten number on it.

AWO Burton said: “It was such a pleasure to be able to return Dylan to his owners who were overjoyed to be reunited with him. We deal with so many upsetting stories that it was great to be involved in this one.

“A story like this highlights the importance of making sure your pets have ID. Luckily Dylan was microchipped as well as having the note on his collar, as this could have easily have fallen off.

“I cannot stress how important microchipping your pet is. It is a quick, cheap, relatively painless and a very effective way of ID’ing your pet and is a great way to reunite owners with their pets, whether lost or stolen.”

The RSPCA is only able to investigate instances like this thanks to donations from our  supporters. If you would like to help the RSPCA, you can give £3 now by texting HELP to 78866 (text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).

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Mr and Mrs Heggarty were overjoyed to be reunited with Dylan!