The dog days are over! Pet is reunited with his owner 12 YEARS after he disappeared when he was a puppy
- Liz Eldridge’s puppy Missie was kidnapped in February 2011 and has never been found
- Liz spent years searching for the lost dog, before finally giving up hope of ever being reunited.
- But the pup was spotted last week and they are now reunited in Harpenden, Hertfordshire.
A dog has been found that disappeared when it was just a puppy, almost 12 years later.
The owner, Liz Eldridge, spent eight years driving across the country chasing down possible sightings. But she finally gave up all hope of ever seeing her border terrier again after none of them were her.
The 51-year-old NHS worker believes it was stolen in February 2011 after she bought it as a birthday present for her son Oscar.
But then, suddenly, Missie was found by a member of the public last Tuesday and was eventually returned to Liz’s home in Harpenden, Hertfordshire.
Sadly the dog lover said Missie had been used for breeding so she was very shy but is now on the mend.
NHS worker Liz Eldridge spent more than a decade searching for her pup Missie, who was taken as a pup. The two met in Harpenden last week when a member of the public spotted Missie.
Liz said: ‘It was a mixture of pure joy but also sadness. As Missie was in a terrible state.
“Obviously she had been constantly used for breeding and was very nervous and shy.”
We believe she was kept in chains and beaten.
She added: “Every time I went to put a track on her, she was so scared.”
Missie before she disappeared. Unfortunately the dog lover said that Missie had been used for breeding so she was very shy but now she is on the mend.
Missie is getting used to living with her family again, 12 years after she was stolen and used to raise
But after being home for a week and receiving lots of tender loving care, Missie is now showing signs of improvement.
Liz added: “Her tail is starting to wag and hopefully she’s starting to realize she’s back home safe and sound.”
Liz explained that Missie was first turned over to the dog warden after she was found, because her microchip was still in her breeder’s name, but she was eventually returned to her rightful owner.
He urged all dog owners to have their pets microchipped.
“I hadn’t had a chance to change the breeder’s data to my own, so there were some complications,” he continued.
The 51-year-old NHS worker believes it was stolen in February 2011 after she bought it as a birthday present for her son Oscar. In the photo before her disappearance.
“We got there eventually, but I’d like this to be a lesson for all owners to remember to update their pet details.”
“It only takes a few minutes, but it’s vitally important and could mean the difference between finding your pet or losing it forever.”