Bullseye, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, fled his home in June last year.
Every pet owners nightmare.
But luckily, Bullseye was owned by a responsible owner:
Mr Reid had his pet micro-chipped by Petlog so he would be reunited with Bullseye if he ever went missing.
He was picked up by the RSPCA months after disappearing…
Whew! A lucky escape for Bullseye and a happy ending.
But…no. Far from it:
…but his distraught owner, Joseph Reid, 48, was only told Bullseye was alive when he was informed he would be re-homed.
Wait. What? He’s chipped. Isn’t that supposed to be foolproof?
In fact, isn’t it something the RSPCA themselves are demanding, in general and in the ongoing ‘dangerous dogs’ wrangle?
Yes. Yes, it is:
Thousands of pets are lost every year and many are never reunited with their owners – microchipping can change that.While collars and tags can get caught or removed – microchipping identifies your pet permanently and effectively.
So what’s the RSPCA’s explanation for this?
A spokesman for the RSPCA said: “By the time we became aware this dog was owned by Mr Reid he had already been re-homed, after having been taken into our care in good faith from a member of the public who told us they had been given the dog earlier in the yearand could no longer look after him.“At that time we advised Mr Reid to take legal advice.
“We are investigating what happened and are currently in liaison with Mr Reid’s solicitor.”
Remember, folks – never ever ever ever give these people money.