Microchip helps reunite missing dog found 50 miles from home

28 December 2016

A dog that went missing six weeks ago before turning up 50 miles away from its home has now been reunited with its owner thanks to the power of microchipping. 

Casey, a border collie, first disappeared from Spilsby in Lincolnshire while being looked after by a friend of his owner while they moved home but has eventually been rescued in Waitrose car park in Newark. 

Although there had been a number of sightings of him, due to his very nervous nature, no one could catch him. His owners set up a Facebook page to help track him down but all attempts to locate and retrieve him failed until Newark and Sherwood District Council's dog warden team was called into action.

The team received a call from a member of staff at Waitrose to report that a dog was in the hedgerow of the supermarket car park, close to the railway at Newark's Castle Station.

Dog wardens Eddie Howes and Val Brown attended the scene and a growing number of members of the public watched as they set about the task of rescuing Casey. 

Alan Batty, council environmental health manager who manages the dog warden service, said: "Our wardens had to act calmly to ensure they did not spook the dog. Eddie, with his years of experience in handling dogs took control, and no sooner said than done between them they had caught one very scared, tired and thin dog."

"It wasn't until we checked him for a microchip and contacted his owner that we realised how lucky the dog was, as he was registered to an address in Skegness. We do not know how he ended up in Newark but we had one relieved and emotional owner who couldn't wait to collect him from us. It was a very emotional reunion for dog and owners when they went into his kennel

Val said: "A lot of people still don't realise how important the microchip and up-to-date details are in getting a dog back quickly as so many are still not chipped or the details are out of date. Thankfully Casey was properly chipped and we were able to locate his owners quickly."

From April this year, it has been compulsory for all dog owners to have their pet's microchipped. Legislation was introduced to help cut the cost of dealing with strays which nationally currently stands at £33 million - with the taxpayer and welfare charities picking up the bill.

Microchipping your dog makes it more likely that you will be reunited with your pet should it go missing, as well as saving you money. Microchips contain key information including the keeper's contact details which, by law, must be kept up-to-date.

Under the Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulation 2015 it's compulsory for all dogs over the age of 8 weeks in England to be fitted with microchips. The only exemption from this requirement is where a vet certifies that a dog is unfit to be microchipped. Many vets offer free microchipping as do other welfare organisations.

Owners of dogs without microchips face being served with a notice requiring them to comply, and may face criminal prosecution and a £500 fine if they do not stay within the law. 

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