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Dog found 500 kilometres from home

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 7/11/2016

A Lower Hutt dog has been reunited with his family after turning up 500 kilometres away from home, nine months after he vanished.

Staff in a Hamilton City animal control were surprised when a microchip on a bulldog roaming about in Nawton in October revealed it had been stolen from Lower Hutt in January.

The pooch, named Bruizah, was shortly after reunited with his family.

"I knew as soon as I got the phone call that they had found my dog. I never lost hope," Bruizah's owner Rea Williams said.

She said Hamilton Animal Control staff even drove the bulldog half way to Waiouru to be picked up.

Hamilton City Council animal education manager Susan Stanford said the family that had the animal in Hamilton had bought him off Facebook.

She said anyone buying a dog over the internet needed to call their council about its microchip history to make sure there weren't any alerts.

"We all check to make sure a car isn't stolen when buying privately, we should do the same when getting a new pet," she said.

She said delivering the pet half way was a "small thing to do" given it was being reunited with its family.

"When a dog goes missing it is like a member of the family is gone and it leaves a gap in their lives."

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