West Berkshire Council

Stolen dog reunited with owners

Lost dog found at caravan site

Issued on: 30 January 2018.

Last Wednesday, 24 January, three Environmental Heath Officers from the Public Protection Partnership* (PPP) were on the caravan site at Paices Hill, Aldermaston, with Thames Valley Police as part of a multi-Agency inspection of the site. Whilst on the site one of the PPP officers spotted the chocolate spaniel. It was pouring with rain and the dog was soaking wet, dirty and was dragging her back leg so was in a very sorry state.

One of the Police Officers agreed to go and do a door knock of the caravans to see whose dog it was but no one claimed ownership so the Police Officer managed to catch the dog and put in the back of the van. The animal was taken to a local vet where she was scanned and a microchip was found but not registered. That evening Mandy Dorman, Dog Warden for the Public Protection Partnership, put a post out on Dog Watch and Dog Lost to see if anyone had lost a spaniel, and she had loads of responses.

After going through all of the responses and checking the Public Protection Partnership Lost Dog Register it was established that in November 2017 the Partnership had received a report of two stolen spaniels in the Arborfield area. The Dog Warden spoke to the owner of these dogs who confirmed that their chocolate spaniel had a very similar disability to the dog we found on Paices Hill. On Thursday morning the owners visited the veterinary practice where the dog was recuperating and confirmed it was their dog. The dog has now gone back home to its rightful owners to be cared for properly.

Norman Jorgensen, Chairman of the Public Protection Partnership, said "What a great example of multi-agency working this has been. Working with Thames Valley Police, the Public Protection Partnership has managed to return another stolen dog back to its rightful owners."

He went on to say: "Also, we would like to remind everyone who has a dog how important it is to register your dog's microchip. You can easily register the microchip with your vet or by contacting the relevant microchip database company online or by phone. Please telephone the Public Protection Partnership on 01635 519171 if you would like to find out more about microchipping your dog."

The Public Protection Partnership is a shared service provided by Bracknell Forest Borough District Council, West Berkshire District Council and Wokingham Borough Council.

For more information please contact Claire Lockwood.