Tinker, the Lurcher, has been reunited with her family
Tinker, the Lurcher, has been reunited with her family

A Lurcher who had been stolen from Cheshire last October has been reunited with her owners after she was found over 170 miles away in Finchampstead, Wokingham on Boxing Day.

Two-year-old Tinker was taken from her owner’s garden in Sandbach, Cheshire, but was found two months later wandering the streets, frightened and alone, over 170 miles away from home.

Tinker was taken to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in Old Windsor to be scanned for a microchip. The details showed she was registered to a breeder but as this person was no longer the owner, reuniting the dog with her family would not be simple.

Luckily for Tinker, the breeder has mutual friends with Tinker’s owners and they managed to track them down. Tinker’s owners were hugely relieved to hear the news and owner Laura Pryce made the 345 mile-round trip to collect Tinker and bring her home.

Laura commented, “When Tinker was taken from our garden we are all absolutely devasted. Even though she’s a dog, Tinker is absolutely part of our family and having to spend Christmas without her at home was awful. When I got the call to say she’d been found I was overjoyed to know that she was safe.”

Tinker back with her family
Tinker back with her family. Credit: Battersea

Tinker’s microchip helped trace her owners and since 2016 it has been a compulsory requirement for all dogs to be microchipped. Every month, Battersea logs around 300 reports of lost dogs and cats and reunites over 1000 animals with their owners every year.

Kaye Mughal, centre manager at Battersea Old Windsor said, “While we will never know exactly what happened to Tinker and how she ended up so far away from home, the main thing is that she’s now back with her family, where she belongs. All of us at Battersea are happy to have been able to keep Tinker safe, warm and happy before Laura came for her.

“We’d definitely remind dog owners to ensure that their dog is microchipped and that their chip details are up to date so that if they ever do go missing, you can be reunited with them as soon as possible.”

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