Hereford & Worcester

Jazzer the dog returned to Hereford man after 58 days

Jazzer and his owner Einar Russell
Image caption Einar Russell has owned Jazzer for seven years

A disabled man in Hereford has been reunited with his dog after a 58-day search which involved a firm of pet detectives.

Jazzer, which was taken from outside a supermarket in August, was handed into a vets in the city on Friday.

Owner Einar Russell said his dog was in good health but "a little subdued" when he got her back.

"I don't think she quite figured out what was going on, but now she's perked up again and is her old self," he said.

Mr Russell contacted Animal Search UK which is based in Herefordshire.

The firm, which waived its fee for Mr Russell, organised house-to-house inquiries and a poster campaign.

Tom Watkins, the firm's founder, said: "I've never conducted an investigation where we have received as much interest from members of the public as this local case."

He said the exact circumstances of where the dog has been were "still unclear".

'Smiling faces'

Mr Russell said he "couldn't quite comprehend" that people would do so much to help in the search.

"I'm very grateful to the people who put her on Facebook, and there have been campaigns looking out for her, and loads of complete strangers who've stopped me and said they'd look out for her," he said.

He was given the collie Alsatian cross by some friends after he was injured in a car accident seven years ago. He has used a wheelchair since being injured.

Mr Russell describes 10-year-old Jazzer as a friend, and to some extent his passport to a social life, as taking her out for a walk gets him out and about.

He said residents have been delighted to see the two of them back together again.

"There are lots of smiling faces and waves and people beeping their car horns," he said.

"And the reaction when I took her to Tesco where she got stolen was quite overwhelming."

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