A lucky Cockapoo found himself safely back at home with his owner thanks to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and the British Transport Firearms Unit coming to his rescue after a car crash.
A pet owners worst nightmare came true over the August Bank Holiday weekend for Greg Moir, when the vehicle his friend was driving crashed with his beloved pooch, Rodney, inside.
The Cockapoo managed to escape unscathed through the open window, leaving his worried owner searching the streets for him in the Vauxhall area.
Alone and afraid, the five-year-old was found a few hours later hiding in a bush by the British Transport Firearms Unit, who bought him in to Battersea withthe hope of reuniting him with his owner.
The animal welfare charity were able to identify Rodney thanks to his microchip and when his concerned owner walked in to Battersea’s South London centre searching for the Cockapoo, they were able to give Rodney the happy ending he deserved. Both Rodney and Greg have since recovered from the accident.
Greg Moir, Rodney’s owner, said: “I’m so grateful to the British Transport Firearms Unit for finding Rodney and safely bringing him in to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. I was beside myself with worry not being able to find him. It was such a relief to walk into Battersea and be told he was there. I can’t emphasise enough how vital it is to get your pet microchipped – without it, I may have never seen Rodney again.”
Steve Craddock, Battersea’s Intake Manager said: “We’re so pleased that Rodney and Greg are safely back together again. Rodney’s story demonstrates how important a microchip really is. Thousands of dogs are brought into Battersea every year without up to date microchip details or even a microchip itself, despite this now being compulsory. Without it, we wouldn’t have been able to identify Rodney’s owners and he would have become one of our many homeless dogs and cats in need of care.”
Battersea’s report, Microchipping Where It Matters: A Year On, can be found here.