‘Devastated’ pensioner reunited with beloved missing dog found 300 miles away

A "heartbroken" pensioner whose dog was stolen, burst into tears when told he had been found 300 miles away.

Keith Fetches, 82, was finally reunited with two-year-old spaniel Keedy on Thursday after three months fearing he would never see him again.

Evil thieves raided Keith's kennels outside his farm in Thornholme, Yorkshire on February 12, making off with Keedy and two other dogs who were recovered within three days in Wigan and Preston.

According to YorkshireLive, Keedy was not so lucky and ended up on the other side of the country in Canterbury, Kent.

Mr Fetches, who lives with with wife Liz, 77, said: “I lost my son in 1993 and I have had dogs all the time since then and they took over as being family from losing my son.

“It was a big wrench – it was heartbreaking to lose them.

“When we got the other two back fairly quick we thought of well maybe get the third one back.

“Time started to go on and this last week or ten days I sort of resigned myself to thinking ‘well I'm not going to see him again’.”

While Police had suspected that the dog was in Manchester or Lancashire, like the others, Keedy had in fact ended up in the south of England, where somebody had bought him over Facebook.

The new owner had been perplexed by the dog’s strange, melancholy behaviour, and decided to take him to the vets.

“He couldn’t understand why he wouldn’t eat and wouldn’t do anything, all he would do is lay down and sulk,” said Mr Fetches.

The Canterbury vet scanned Keedy for a microchip and discovered that the dog had another owner hundreds of miles away – that is when Mr Fetches received the phone call he had been hoping for.

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He remembers: “To explain it, I don’t know – I was crying, I was excited, my stomach was going round in circles, I couldn’t get it in my mind that he was definitely found, it was sort of going round and round for ever so many minutes before I gradually got myself pulled together and started to make arrangements to pick him up.”

When the vet brought him through, Mr Fetches said to Keedy, “Come on, your dad’s come for you”, and his loyal pet rushed to him and lay down at his feet.

The vet told Mr Fetches that they could not believe the change in the dog’s mood from when he was brought in to when Mr Fetches arrived to pick him up.

Mr Fetches said that he was delighted to have his family back together and added: “If I hadn’t have been so old I’d be jumping over the top of the roof!”

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