Dog back home with owner a year after being stolen

Danny Allan reunited with his lurcher Zulu
Danny Allan reunited with his lurcher Zulu

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A DOG that was stolen from its home more than a year ago has been reunited with its owner after it was found stray at a college.

The dog - a one-year-old female lurcher called Zulu - was stolen from a garden in Hungerford when she was just 15 weeks old.

However, Zulu was found as a stray at Swanmore College on October 13. She was then taken to a local veterinary surgery, and collected by Winchester City Council’s animal welfare service that afternoon.

Dave Griffiths, senior animal welfare officer, said: ‘Zulu was microchipped but was registered to a Devon address. I left a message on the telephone number given to say that we had found the dog.

‘Some people pass dogs on and forget to update the microchip database so, as it was so far away, I wasn’t optimistic. ‘

However, an excited owner - Danny Allan - rang the next day.

Mr Allan, who now lives in Wiltshire, was heartbroken when thieves took Zulu.

Dave said: ‘This is a wonderful outcome. It shows the value of microchipping as an identification method and as a deterrent to dog thieves.’