Suffolk

Missing dog found 100 miles from home after three months

Stanley the chihuahua. Image copyright ROMANY WOOLNOUGH
Image caption Stanley's family made a 200-mile round trip to collect him after being called by a vet in Hertfordshire

A dog which went missing in Suffolk has been found 100 miles away in Hertfordshire three months later.

Stanley the 18-month-old chihuahua disappeared from a park in Woodbridge on 12 April, as reported in the East Anglian Daily Times.

His owner Christie Barr and her family set up a Facebook page to appeal for help to track him down.

He was found walking alone on 12 July and handed to a vet in St Albans who identified him through his microchip.

Microchipping of dogs has been compulsory in the UK since April 2016 to help trace the owners of lost pets.

Image copyright ROMANY WOOLNOUGH
Image caption Christie Barr (right) and her mum Angela Hill have been reunited with Stanley

Ms Barr said Stanley was being looked after by her mum and went missing from a park.

"We're just so glad to have him back and he's healthy and alive," she added.

"I think maybe he was taken, sold on, used for breeding - we're not sure - but he's back and safe and well.

"He's in a bit of shock but he's coming around slowly."

Christie's sister, Romany Woolnough, posted appeals on social media and organised a search to look for Stanley.

She said: "After 13 weeks of blood sweat and tears, we have finally found our baby."