|A stray, starving dog brought to The Pines Veterinary Clinic in Maidenhead has turned out to be a former show dog, owned by the High Sheriff of West Sussex Patrick Burgess MBE and his wife, Maggie. She had been stolen from her home in Chichester, Sussex, 18 months ago. The dog, identified by her microchip as a West Highland Terrier called Annie, has now been reunited with her overjoyed owners and has returned to Chichester with them. Vet Jo Fielder from The Pines is reminding all pet owners to have their animals chipped.|
She explains: “When the dog was first brought into us on 28 January, she was in a shocking condition with a filthy, matted coat and very sore skin. She was also underweight. The first thing we did was check her for a microchip. She was chipped and the owner identification information it contained enabled us to make an important phone call to her stunned owners.
“Before they came to collect her, we clipped and bathed Annie to make her more comfortable, treated her skin and generally gave her plenty of TLC. It was heart-warming for all of us to see how happy both she and her owners were to be back together and we wish them all the very best Her story is a reminder of the importance of microchipping pets. If she had not been chipped, Annie would never have been reunited with her family.
“Microchipping is set to become compulsory for dogs on 6 April 2016 and Dogs Trust has
launched a campaign to encourage owners to do it now rather than wait for the deadline. The scheme enables us to microchip dogs free of charge but it finishes on 31 March so we urge owners to take advantage of the scheme while they can.
“We will be donating the fees incurred caring for Annie for two days to Dogs Trust to support its work to raise awareness of the benefits of microchipping.”
Celia Walsom of Petlog, the UK’s largest microchip database, added: “We are delighted to have been part of this happy story and are so glad that Annie is happily back at home where she belongs. We urge owners to remember to update their microchip details on our database should they move house. Both microchipping your pet and keeping your contact details up to date are key to the safe return of pets.”