One retiree described the emotional moment he was reunited with his dog three months after being stolen from his home.
Keith Fetches, 82, was broken when his pet Keedy, a male liver and white spaniel, was stolen from their kennel outside his East Yorkshire farm along with two other dogs on February 12.
The other two spaniels, ages 10 and 15, were found in Wigan and Preston within three days, but young Keedy remained missing.
But Mr Fetches has described his joy at reuniting with the two-year-old dog after the stolen animal was turned over to a veterinarian in Canterbury, Kent, nearly 300 miles from home. Yorkshire Live Report.
Mr. Fetches said with Ms. Liz, 77, that he was “devastated” by the loss of his dogs, which he considers part of his family.
He said, “I lost my son in 1993, and I’ve had dogs all along since then. They took over the family because they lost my son.
“It was a big key – it was heartbreaking to lose her.”
When two dogs came back relatively quickly, Mr. Fetches hoped that Keedy would also be found, but in the past few weeks he had started to lose hope.
He said, “When we got the other two back pretty quickly, we thought well of maybe getting the third back.
“Time started to go by and for the last week or ten days I’ve resigned myself to thinking,” Well, I won’t see him again. “
While police suspected the dog was like the others in Manchester or Lancashire, Keedy had actually ended up in the south of England, where someone had bought him on Facebook.
The new owner was confused by the dog’s strange, melancholy behavior and decided to take him to the vet.
“He couldn’t understand why he wouldn’t eat and do nothing. He would just lie down and pout,” said Fetches.
The Canterbury vet searched Keedy for a microchip and found that the dog had a different owner hundreds of miles away – then Mr Fetches got the call he was hoping for.
He recalls, “To explain, I don’t know – I was crying, I was excited, my stomach was spinning, I couldn’t imagine that it was definitely found, it kind of went so many minutes before I could Gradually pulled myself together and made arrangements to pick him up. “
When the vet got him through, Mr. Fetches said to Keedy, “Come on, your father has come for you,” and his faithful pet rushed over to him and lay down at his feet.
The vet told Mr. Fetches that they couldn’t believe the change in the dog’s mood from when it arrived to when it arrived at Mr. Fetches’.
Mr Fetches said he was excited to have his family back together, adding, “If I wasn’t that old, I’d jump over the roof!”
He said Keedy is already home and went straight to his kennel when he arrived.
“He’s just a lovely little dog, you know, that’s all I can say about him,” he said.
He installed security cameras around the kennels to protect himself from possible Dognappers and asked the vets to search dogs for microchips, of course.
Dog theft has been a growing concern across the country over the past year.
In March, DogLost, a UK charity that helps victims of dog theft, saw crime rise 170% from 172 dogs reported stolen in 2019 to 465 in 2020.
Theft of a pet is a criminal offense under the Theft Act of 1968, which gives offenders a maximum penalty of seven years in prison.
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According to DogsTrust, five of the UK’s most sought-after breeds rose up to 89% in price during the initial lockdown.
Recent reports suggest that this could lead to an increase in thefts.
Police have recommended that dog owners should avoid leaving their pet unattended in public, changing their routines when walking their dogs, and taking basic safety measures at home such as walking. B. Checking locks on doors and garden gates.