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Rodney the Cockapoo is back home with his family thanks to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and the British Transport Firearms Unit coming to his rescue after a car crash.

Greg Moir’s worst nightmare came true over the August Bank Holiday when the vehicle his friend was driving crashed with his beloved pooch, Rodney, inside. Rodney managed to escape unscathed through an open window, leaving his worried owner to search the streets for him in the Vauxhall area.

Luckily the five-year-old was found a few hours later hiding in a bush by the British Transport Firearms Unit, who brought him in to Battersea with the hope of reuniting him with his owner. Thanks to his microchip, the charity were able to identify Rodney and reunited him with Greg when he walked into the Battersea’s South London centre. Both Rodney and Greg have since recovered from the accident.

Greg said, “I’m so grateful to the British Transport Firearms Unit for finding Rodney and safely bringing him in to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. I was beside myself with worry not being able to find him. It was such a relief to walk into Battersea and be told he was there. I can’t emphasise enough how vital it is to get your pet microchipped – without it, I may have never seen Rodney again.”

Steve Craddock, Battersea’s Intake Manager said, “We’re so pleased that Rodney and Greg are safely back together again. Rodney’s story demonstrates how important a microchip really is. Thousands of dogs are brought into Battersea every year without up to date microchip details or even a microchip itself, despite this now being compulsory. Without it, we wouldn’t have been able to identify Rodney’s owners and he would have become one of our many homeless dogs and cats in need of care.”

Battersea’s report, Microchipping Where It Matters: A Year On, can be found here.

Photo: Greg and Rodney. Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

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