Puppy snatched from Mitcham Common returned to Balham owner after six months missing
Six months of heartache after her puppy was stolen in front of her eyes, Anne Marie Neilon has been finally re-united with her beloved Bella.
The Patterdale Terrier was snatched by a stranger last March, when Mrs Neilon from Balham, went out for a walk with her in Mitcham Common.
As her six-month-old puppy ran off she was picked up by a man with another dog.
Instead of handing the young dog over, he ran off with Bella, leaving Mrs Neilon frantically worried about her whereabouts.
After Bella’s disappearance, her upset owner informed the pet microchip database about the incident as well as reporting it to the police and posting for help on social media.
Six months later, the puppy was found in north Kensington and brought to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, where a routine microchip scan was carried out, identifying Mrs Neilon as the owner.
The 37-year-old said: "I am totally over the moon to be re-united with Bella after all this time.
"I am so pleased that she still recognises us, it is like we were never apart. We just didn’t think we would get her back after six months of searching."
Liz McWalter, head of intake at Battersea, said: "What an uplifting reunion after six months of Bella being stolen from her owners.
"It really does highlight the importance of microchipping your pet and keeping your details up to date."
If you need help to find a lost cat or dog or want more information on microchipping, please visit Battersea.org.uk or call 020 7627 9245.
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