Microchipped dog reunited after a year.

Dog reunited with Weymouth owner year to the day it went missing

4:00pm Tuesday 8th November 2011 inLocal NewsBy Samantha Harman

BACK TOGETHER: Justin Satchell has been reunited with his chihuahua BambiBACK TOGETHER: Justin Satchell has been reunited with his chihuahua Bambi

A dog owner has been reunited with his beloved pet a year to the day it vanished.

Distraught Justin Satchel appealed in the Echo for the return of his chihuahua Bambi when he disappeared from outside the Co-op in Wyke Regis.

Mr Satchel, of Buxton Road, Weymouth, made an emotional appeal through the Echo for information about his missing pet but had given up hope before he was traced to an address in Kidderminster.

The 17-year-old dog was given to Mr Satchel by his grandmother just before she died.

He had promised to scatter Bambi’s ashes over her grave and was heartbroken that he would never be able to fulfil his grandmother’s wish.

After a search that lasted 11 months Bambi was tracked down by Weymouth and Portland dog warden Ian Lewis who had chipped the canine before he went missing.

Mr Lewis said: “As I knew Bambi was chipped, I checked the details and discovered that he was living in Kidderminster.”

The dog’s new owner said she had no idea the chihuahua had been stolen and handed Bambi over to Mr Lewis.

Andy Reynolds, a carer for Mr Satchel, said: “We are so grateful to Ian Lewis for helping to track Bambi down.”

“We kept the reunion as a surprise for Justin as we didn’t want to get his hopes up.

“The dog went absolutely mad when he saw Justin, he wouldn’t stop licking him. Bambi is now back home.”

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