A beloved puppy was reunited with its family six months after it was stolen.
The Swinscoe family thought they would never see their French bulldog Meg again after she went missing from their communal garden in Earl’s Court, on July 1 last year.
Mum Sam and her two children Tallulah and Flynn posted adverts online and posters in the streets in a desperate bid to find their pet.
Eventually, they bought another French bulldog called Coco.
But in December, a call came out the blue to say Meg had been discovered in Essex.
A woman had bought Meg from an online advertisement and took her to be microchipped, where the vet found she already had a chip containing the family’s contact details. Meg has now been reunited with the Swinscoe family and new friend Coco.
Mrs Swinscoe said: “Meg was less than a year old when she disappeared.
“Seeing her again after so long was very strange; she’d grown into an adult and seemed shy and withdrawn.
“I shed a lot of tears, as did the lady who thought she was buying an ownerless dog.
“I took her home in some doubt as to what to do, but as soon as she arrived it was obvious that her surroundings were familiar to her and she made friends with Coco straight away. We’re absolutely delighted to have her home.”
Mrs Swinscoe took Meg to the Goddard Veterinary Group in Fulham for a health check. She was a little underweight but is now fully healthy.
Vet nurse Andrew Cox advised people to get their pets microchipped to ensure they can be reunited with owners if they go missing.
Mrs Swinscoe added: “Without her microchip, we would never have seen Meg again, so I strongly urge all owners to ensure their pets are chipped.
“I also urge prospective owners to be vigilant in responding to online adverts for dogs.”