A Glastonbury camper and her missing Staffie have been reunited at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home thanks to microchipping.
Lynne Jackson was working at Glastonbury Festival when her eight-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier Frankie escaped from his London home where he was being looked after.
Luckily, Frankie was found by a member of public and was brought to the charity to be scanned. After finding his microchip, his owner was contacted with the happy news. Lynne, from Battersea in south-west London has had Frankie since he was a puppy after she rehomed him from a rescue charity in Yorkshire.
Lynne says, “I was so relieved and overjoyed when I got the phonecall from Battersea and was en-route back from Glastonbury on the coach. I was so excited to come and collect him that I came to the centre straight away and was still wearing my muddy festival dress! I had Frankie microchipped a long time before compulsory microchipping became the law, I think it’s so important to get your dog microchipped and it really is the best chance you have of being reunited.”
Since the new compulsory microchipping law that was brought in at the start of April – stating all dogs in England, Scotland and Wales must be chipped with up to date details – Battersea has seen a 12% increase in dogs coming to them who are microchipped. However, 36% of dogs are still not microchipped when they arrive.
Steven Craddock, Battersea’s Intake Manager says, “We were thrilled to see the reunion between Frankie and Lynne and hope this heart-warming example shows people how valuable microchipping can be. Any dog has the risk of running away, and here at Battersea we see hundreds of stray dogs who are unable to be reunited with their distraught owners because they haven’t been microchipped.
“Microchipping is now a legal requirement and carries a potential £500 fine for dog owners if they haven’t had their dog microchipped. To help anyone who still needs to microchip their dogs, Battersea offers this service for free at its three centres in Battersea, Old Windsor and Brands Hatch.”
If you have lost or found a cat or dog, please visit Battersea’s website to file a report or call our Lost Dogs & Cats Line as soon as possible on 0207 627 9245 – lines are open between 8am and 6pm seven days a week.