The power of social media has helped reunite a dog found in Maids Moreton with its owner.
A red Staffordshire bull terrier was found wandering the village by an off-duty policeman and was taken to The Vet Centre, on Overton on Tuesday last week.
But instead of using traditional means to trace the owner, the centre posted a photograph of the dog on its Facebook page, inviting people to share it in an attempt to make contact with the owner.
More than 5,000 people saw the photograph and within 24 hours the dog, called Roxy, was reunited with her owner, who spotted the Facebook post.
Vet Paddy Marshall said: “This is the first time we have reunited a dog with its owner by posting it on Facebook and the owner finding the post on our Facebook page – it’s a kind of ‘dogs reunited’.”
The Vet Centre offered to microchip Roxy and are now raising awareness of the importance of microchipping pets in case they wander off or get lost. The centre is joining forces with the Dogs Trust campaign, and is offering a free microchipping service from April this year.
The government is planning to introduce a law from April 2016 to make microchipping mandatory in a bid to cut the rise in the number of strays.
The microchips, which are the size of a grain of rice and are inserted between the shoulder blades, will be coded with owners’ details, and owners who do not comply could face fines of up to £500.