Pup is reunited with her owner 12 years after she was snatched up

Dog days are over! Pet is reunited with her owner 12 YEARS after she went missing as a puppy

  • Liz Eldridge’s pup Missie was snatched up in February 2011 and never found 
  • Liz spent years looking for missing dog, before eventually losing hope of reunion 
  • But pup spotted last week and are now reunited in Harpenden, Hertfordshire

A dog who vanished when she was just a puppy has been found – almost 12 years later.

Owner Liz Eldridge spent eight years driving all over the country chasing up possible sightings. But she eventually gave up all hope of seeing her border terrier again after none of them were her.

The 51-year-old NHS worker thinks she was stolen back in February 2011 after she bought her as a birthday present for her son Oscar.

But then out-of-the-blue Missie was found by a member of the public last Tuesday and she was finally returned to Liz’s home in Harpenden, Hertfordshire.

Sadly the dog lover said Missie had been used for breeding so was very timid, but is now on the mend.

NHS worker Liz Eldridge spent more than a decade looking for her pup Missie, who was snatched up as a puppy. The two were reunited in Harpenden last week when a member of the public spotted Missie

NHS worker Liz Eldridge spent more than a decade looking for her pup Missie, who was snatched up as a puppy. The two were reunited in Harpenden last week when a member of the public spotted Missie

Liz said: ‘It was a mixture of pure joy but also sadness. As Missie was in a terrible state.

‘She had obviously been used constantly for breeding and was very nervous and timid.

‘We believe she had been kept on a chain and beaten.’

She added: ‘Every time I went to put a lead on, she was so scared.’

Missie before she went missing. Sadly the dog lover said Missie had been used for breeding so was very timid, but is now on the mend

Missie before she went missing. Sadly the dog lover said Missie had been used for breeding so was very timid, but is now on the mend

Missie is getting used to living with her family again, 12 years after she was stolen and used to breed

Missie is getting used to living with her family again, 12 years after she was stolen and used to breed 

But after being at home for a week and plenty of tender loving care, Missie is now showing signs of getting better. 

Liz added: ‘Her tail is starting to wag and hopefully she’s beginning to realise she’s back home safe and sound.’

Liz explained that Missie was first handed to dog warden after she was found, because her microchipped was still in the name of her breeder, but she eventually was handed back to her rightful owner. 

She urged all dog owners to get their pets microchipped.

‘I hadn’t got round to changing the breeder’s details to mine so there were a few complications,’ she continued.

The 51-year-old NHS worker thinks she was stolen back in February 2011 after she bought her as a birthday present for her son Oscar. Pictured before her disappearance

The 51-year-old NHS worker thinks she was stolen back in February 2011 after she bought her as a birthday present for her son Oscar. Pictured before her disappearance

‘We got there in the end, but I’d like this to be a lesson to all owners to remember to update their pets’ details.

‘It only takes a few minutes, but it’s vitally important and could mean the difference between finding your pet or losing it forever.’

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