sonny the lost dog
A DOG stolen outside a high street shop has been reunited with his family thanks to his microchip.
Sonny, a seven-year-old Jack Russell belonging to Damien Redfern and his family, was taken while Mr Redfern was in Budgens in Field End Road, Eastcote on Thursday, January 17.
Mr Redfern, 42, of Field End Road, discovered his much-loved pet had been found by a Hertfordshire councillor and traced to the family because of the chip containing contact details. Sonny was reunited with Mr Redfern, his daughter Betty, five, and mum Jade on Friday last week.
Police had no information of Sonny’s whereabouts despite an online campaign, publicity posters and the theft being caught on Budgens CCTV cameras.
“I was really, really gutted because, when the police said they hadn’t found anything on the CCTV, I thought that was it,” Mr Redfern told the Gazette. “Now he’s been found and I’m completely overwhelmed.”
Sonny had been tied up outside Budgens. After he was taken, Mr Redfern went back in to check the CCTV recordings. It was then he realised his pet had been stolen.
“It appears a man watched me tie Sonny up and walk into Budgens, and then checked the window before taking him,” he said. “You can see Sonny didn’t want to go with him.”
Betty and half-brother Harvey, 10, found it hard to cope with Sonny’s disappearance and are overjoyed to have their pet back.
The RSPCA advises microchipping pets – including cats, dogs, rabbits and horses – to give them the best chance of being identified if they become lost or stolen.
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